Tiger Woods commits to play Memorial for next tournament

Tiger Woods will attempt to win the Memorial Tournament for a sixth time as he continues his preparations for next month's U.S. Open.

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Fresh off a strong showing at the Players Championship, Tiger Woods has committed to playing the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

A tweet from the Memorial's official account on Wednesday read, in part: "HE'S BACK! Who else is excited??"

The tournament, which runs from May 31 to June 3, features another strong field. New world number one Justin Thomas joins Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day among those already committed to feature in an event that holds a special place on the PGA Tour as it is hosted by Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus.

Woods will make his 15th trip to the Memorial, a tournament he has won five times, most recently in 2012. Perhaps more importantly, it will mark his eighth event of 2018 and he has also committed to play in the U.S. Open next month.

That puts him on a pace to play the most events since his 2013 season, when he last won on the PGA Tour and topped the world rankings.

Not only is he playing more frequently in his return from another back surgery, Woods is also proving competitive.

After making the cut on the number at Sawgrass last week, he shot 65 and 69 on Sunday - moving up to second place at one stage before eventually finishing in a tie for 11th.

In his last six starts, Woods has recorded four top-12 finishes.

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