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Sports Tiger, McIlroy, Koepka headline featured groups at Memorial

02:45  14 july  2020
02:45  14 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Tiger Woods headlines the 133-man field ready to compete at Jack Nicklaus' invitational event. The five-time Memorial winner is making his return to the PGA Tour after a lengthy layoff. His last start was at February's Genesis Open. Joining Woods are the top five ranked players in the world: Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods, who, of course, will headline the event, makes his first trip back to Muirfield Village since 2015. The five-time winner of Nicklaus' event will be grouped with defending champion Jason Dufner and Fans of firepower should look to the group of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy .

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods are posing for a picture © Ben Jared / PGA TOUR / Getty

The PGA Tour announced its featured groups for the Memorial Tournament this week, and golf fans are in for a treat.

Tee times for each group have yet to be released.

Group 1: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka

Woods makes his highly anticipated return Thursday still in search of a record-setting 83rd Tour victory. He hasn't started since the Genesis Invitational in February but has won this event five times over his career.

McIlroy hasn't been in action since June 28 at the Travelers Championship, while Koepka is coming off a missed cut at the Workday Charity Open this past week.

PGA Tour scraps plans to allow limited spectators at Memorial

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This week’s Featured Groups include two-time FedExCup champion Tiger Woods and regular Brooks Koepka , Rory McIlroy , Matt Kuchar. Brooks Koepka (1): The man to beat as the Playoffs begin. Patrick Cantlay (6): A win at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide reminded

Brooks Koepka made a last-minute commitment to the Memorial on Friday night, setting the stage for an epic week at Jack’s Place. Let’s make it happen. With that, the world can now officially root for the Memorial Tournament organizers to give us the grouping we all want: Tiger , Brooks and Bryson.

Group 2: Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry

This group features a trio of veterans who draw plenty of attention every time they're in the mix.

Group 3: Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay

Here, we have the two most recent winners on Tour in DeChambeau and Morikawa as well as the defending Memorial champion in Cantlay. DeChambeau will once again be a talking point as he looks to dominate with his absurd distance off the tee, while Morikawa sets out to continue his ascent coming off the second victory of his young career.

Group 4: Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson

Thomas is currently No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and will look to shake off Sunday's runner-up result. Schauffele has consistently been in the running since the Tour returned from its pause, and Johnson is a threat to win whenever he's in the field.

How to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournaments

  How to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournaments Muirfield Village will look the same to those watching at home, minus the grandstands and thousands of spectators spread across the course Jack Nicklaus built. The challenge for the PGA Tour is to make it feel different to the players who will be in Dublin, Ohio, the next two weeks. For the first time in 63 years, two PGA Tour events are being held on the same golf course in consecutive weeks. First up is the Workday Charity Open, a tournament that didn't even exist six weeks ago until the John Deere Classic chose to cancel this year without fans and the tour plugged the gap in the schedule with a big assist from San Francisco-based Workday. Then it's onto the Memorial.

Featured Groups at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. There’s also five-time Memorial champ Tiger Woods, playing the Memorial for the first time since 2015. Of course, Johnson wins every year like clockwork, but Day and McIlroy broke through after failing to lift a trophy

1 and 10 before picking up the Featured Groups at 7:22 a.m. Marc Leishman, Kevin Na and Rory McIlroy will tee off No. 1, while Tony Finau, Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka will go off No. 10. At 8 a.m. coverage will pick up the group of Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.

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Video: Collin Morikawa beats Justin Thomas in thrilling playoff at Workday Charity Open (cbc.ca)

Tiger shoots 1-under at Muirfield Village in return to PGA Tour .
Tiger Woods posted a 1-under 71 during Thursday's opening round at the Memorial Tournament, making his return from a five-month layoff at a difficult Muirfield Village Golf Club that was playing more like a U.S. Open than a regular PGA Tour stop. The five-time Memorial winner didn't show any signs of rust with two birdies in his first three holes. But the windy conditions in Dublin, Ohio, prevented him from taking his score any lower, as Muirfield's setup was much firmer and faster than it was at last week's Workday Charity Open."I would like to have started with easier conditions.

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