The Memorial Tournament : Tiger Woods is on the rebound in his first tournament since missing the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship, a surprise fall from grace that abruptly ended his Masters honeymoon.
The Memorial Championship, an annual stop on Woods’ PGA Tour schedule, is as good a tournament as any to get the 15-time major champion back on track. He has won the Jack Nicklaus-founded tournament a record five times. And a familiarity with Muirfield Village Golf Club, the host course for the tournament since 1976, also plays in his favor, even though Woods hasn’t finished in the top 20 since his last victory in 2012.
Theme Morial Tournament – As Moore missed just one fairway in his seven-under 65 to head Jordan Spieth by one stroke, McIlroy paid for his mistakes from the tee and carded his highest round this year.
He made a 12-footer for an opening birdie at the 10th and then saved par from 25 feet at the 565 yards 11th despite finding water with his lay-up.
But he was clearly uncomfortable off the tee and ran up a double-bogey seven after losing a ball left off the tee at the par-five 15th, then bogeyed the 17th before launching a three-wood out of bounds right at the second to run up another double bogey.
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He would birdie at the par-five fifth but he was ranked last of the morning starters for strokes gained off the tee and ended the day nine shots adrift of playing partner Spieth, who chipped in twice and made 99 feet of putts, including a 36-footer for eagle at the fifth, in his 66.
Tiger Woods kept early leader Ryan Moore in his sights but it was a day to forget for Rory McIlroy in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. The Holywood star made two double bogeys in a 75 that left him 10 shots off the early pace on three-over par.