Put it on the schedule: Tiger Woods will play Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in June, two weeks before the U.S. Open.
Nicklaus said he spoke to Woods at the Masters, and Tiger let him know he would be back at the event he has won five times, most recently in 2012.
“It’s as much conversation as I’ve ever had with Tiger,” Nicklaus said to reporters on Wednesday. “We talked about a lot of things. It was good. He said, ‘Hey, see you in May. I’ll be at the Memorial.’ It’ll be nice to have Tiger back.”
Woods did not play in the event last year and finished 65th in 2013.
“He’s been struggling, and we talked a little about that, but we talked more about his kids and talked about events that were going on,” Nicklaus said. “We talked a little bit about what he’s been doing for his preparation and so forth.”
The Memorial was home for one of Woods’ most memorable shots: a chip-in on the 16th hole during the 2012 final round that caused Nicklaus to say at the time, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better one. That was the most unbelievable, gutsy shot that I’ve ever seen.”
It’s unknown the next time we will see Woods again in action, as he is not qualified for the WGC-Match Play next week. Still, Nicklaus has not changed his mind about Woods’ future.
“I’ve said many times: He’ll be fine,” Nicklaus said.