Defending champ Woods commits to Memorial


In news that comes as no surprise, Tiger Woods has made official his plans to return to defend his title at The Memorial later this month.

Fresh off his win at The Players Championship, Woods headlined a list of commitments released by the tournament Tuesday morning. It will mark the 14th time he has teed it up at Muirfield Village, having won the event a record five times, including a two-shot victory a year ago.

'It's an honor to come back here as defending champion,' Woods said as part of the release. 'It's always great to win a tournament, but when it's Jack (Nicklaus)'s, it's extra special. I look forward to the Memorial every year, and Jack does everything he can to make it an outstanding event.'

With four wins already under his belt this season, Woods will head to Dublin, Ohio in hopes of continuing his current run of strong form in an event that will likely serve as his final start before the U.S. Open next month.

The commitment list released by the tournament Tuesday also included a pair of former world No. 1 players, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Donald is no stranger to success at the event, having finished inside the top 15 in each of his last four trips to Muirfield Village, while Westwood will be making just his second career Memorial start.

In addition to hosting the Memorial in two weeks, Muirfield Village will also serve as venue for this year's edition of the Presidents Cup, to be held October 3-6.