Tiger Woods to return next week

DUBLIN (AP) – The PGA Tour returned five weeks ago with some of its strongest fields. Now it gets its biggest star.

Tiger Woods announced on Thursday on Twitter he will play next week at the Memorial, a tournament he has won a record five times, as he goes after his record 83rd career victory on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there,” Woods said.

It will end a five-month break from competition for Woods. He last played on February 16 at the Genesis Invitational, where he shot 76-77 at chilly Riviera to finish alone in last place.

Woods said he felt stiffness in the cold weather. He chose not to go to Mexico City for a World Golf Championship, then skipped three straight tournaments in Florida before golf was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. His only competition was an exhibition match on May 24 at his home course in Florida.

The tour resumed June 11 at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and most weeks brought some level of speculation that Woods was going to play.

He had contemplated coming to Muirfield Village for the Workday Charity Open, but ultimately waited until the second week at the Memorial.

Tiger Woods celebrates with his caddie Steve Williams at the Memorial golf tournament last year. PHOTO: AP