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Woods grouped with Rose, Dufner at Memorial

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Tiger Woods will be joined by a pair of fellow major champions when he makes his return to the Memorial Tournament for the first time since 2015.

A star-studded field will gather at Muirfield Village Golf Club this week, as many big names make their final start before the U.S. Open. Included among that group is Woods, who has received the trophy from tournament host Jack Nicklaus five times before, most recently in 2012.

While tee times won't be announced until later in the week, tournament officials teased a quartet of marquee groups for the first two rounds outside Columbus. Woods has drawn Justin Rose, another former Memorial winner who is fresh off a three-shot victory at the Fort Worth Invitational, along with defending champ Jason Dufner.

Justin Thomas will make his first-ever start as the world's top-ranked player, and he'll do so alongside Masters champ Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler, who was a runner-up to Reed at Augusta National and tied for second last year behind Dufner at Muirfield Village.

Ohio resident Jason Day is playing a de facto home game this week, and he'll have a starring role in one of the longest-hitting trios of the week when he tees it up with world No. 2 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who finished second last week at the BMW PGA Championship in England.

The final marquee grouping includes a combined six green jackets, as Jordan Spieth will play the first 36 holes alongside southpaws Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.