Tiger Woods is in the field this week at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament (we’ll have the full list of all Nike Golf Athletes in the fields of all pro tournaments posted this Thursday per usual), but can he pull out a win on Sunday? Tiger has played well so far this year, posting 5 top 10’s in 6 starts, including his dramatic victory on the 72nd hole of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the end of March. Since then he’s had a T6 at the Masters, a 4th place finish at the Quail Hollow Championship and an 8th at The Players.
We’ll have to see what happens at Muirfield Village this week — Jack’s tournament has one of the stronger fields of the year on one of the best courses and course setups outside of the majors. Competition will be strong in pursuit of the gray jacket, and if Tiger is to come away with a win he will have his hands full trying to best a majority of the top players on tour and in the current world rankings. Even though Tiger has won Jack’s tournament 3 times — in three consecutive years, 1999-2001 — it has been 8 years since his last win here. Regardless, the experts at pgatour.com have picked Tiger to win this weekend — see the Expert Picks here.
UPDATE 6.3.09: There’s an interesting stat from Shane Bacon at Fanhouse posted at Ryan Belangee at Waggle Room about Tiger’s record before wining the US Open (which will be in two weeks at Bethpage Black). Doug Albers of 14Stix also chimes in at Waggle Room with this stat’s relevance and Tiger’s need to win this week to “better his chances” at Bethpage (this is the link to Doug’s original post).
Do you think Tiger will beat the field and win the Memorial Tournament? Who else do you think will contend, and perhaps beat Tiger on Sunday for the gray jacket? Let us know with a comment below.