The PGA will play Muirfield Village again this weekend for the Memorial Tournament. And while the event would be stocked with stars — like Bryson DeChambeau — even if he stayed out, Tiger Woods will make his return to the field this weekend with +2,500 odds to win it all.
Tiger Woods spoke with Golf.com’s Dylan Dethier about what he’s done during his time off. And he had some interesting observations:
Tiger Woods on Bryson DeChambeau
“What Bryson has done is no easy task. He’s got to put in the time and has put in the reps, and he’s figured it out. He’s gotten stronger, faster, bigger, and has created more speed. But more importantly, he’s hitting it further, but let’s look at the fact that he’s hitting it as straight as he is. That’s part of the most difficult thing to do. The further you hit it, the more the tangent goes more crooked, more along this line. So the fact that he’s figured that out and has been able to rein in the foul balls, to me, has been equally as impressive as his gains off the tee distance-wise.”
Tiger Woods discusses some of the other young guns on the PGA Tour
“Man, [Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa] in particular have just such bright futures ahead of them. They both hit the ball great. Short game is only going to get better. Their putting is only going to get better over time. And don’t forget, when you’re a rook like those two were last year, it’s trying to get to know the golf courses. That takes a couple years here and there, and before that starts kicking in, generally you see guys start playing a little better in the second, third, fourth year after it’s gone around the rotation and they’ve seen these venues.”
Tiger Woods on his chances to win the Memorial after his layoff
“That’s my intent. That’s my intent coming in here. That’s my intent going into every event…There’s no reason why I can’t do it again this week. I’ve just got to go out there and do my work and make that happen.”
The whole piece on Golf.com is worth a read, even if it does goad you into an immediate fish bet on Tiger Woods this weekend.
No matter how Tiger performs, it’ll be nice to see the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the tournament. Here’s hoping he survives through the weekend but, either way, a Tiger highlight reel seems in order:
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