Woods Says He Will Play In Memorial Tournament

Woods Says He Will Play In Memorial Tournament

Woods Says He Will Play In Memorial Tournament

That's just what Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods are doing next weekend.

It's not every day you get two top athletes from different sports to team up.

Former world number one Tiger Woods has committed to play in Jack Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament later this month as he ramps up his preparations for the US Open, tournament organisers confirmed Wednesday. It runs May 31-June 1 with Nicklaus serving as host on a course he designed.

It will not be the first time that Woods and Manning have teamed together for a pro-am event.

Woods, a five-time victor of The Memorial, has performed admirably since his return to golf this season and has posted four top-12 finishes in his last six starts on the PGA Tour. They were paired together in pro-ams at Bay Hill (2005) and Quail Hollow (2009). Back injuries have rendered him a shell of his former golfing self, though Woods has exhibited good health and accompanying improved play during the 2018 golf season. After hanging up his cleats following a Super Bowl 50 victory with the Denver Broncos in 2016, it seems safe to assume that Manning has had more opportunities to work on his golf game in retirement than he did as a National Football League quarterback.

"He has been playing great golf for a while now", Nicklaus said.

Woods finished strongly at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach last weekend, posting a seven-under-par 65 in the third round before closing with a three-under-par 69 to finish seven shots adrift of tournament victor Webb Simpson.

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