Nicklaus: Tiger will play at The Memorial
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

While Tiger Woods has been playing his cards close to his chest as to when he’ll make his next start after finishing T17 at the Masters, one place he’ll apparently be playing is the Memorial Tournament, which Jack Nicklaus hosts at the end of May

Nicklaus, who spoke Wednesday during a fundraising event at Ohio State, said that he and Woods had a “long, long talk” at Augusta National, where they discussed various topics.

“He’s been struggling,” said Nicklaus. “We talked a little bit about that, but we talked more about his kids and events that are going on and we talked a little bit about what he’s been doing working on his preparation. I’ve said many times, he’ll be fine.”

However, Woods did reveal to Nicklaus that he’d see him at Muirfield Village for the Memorial Tournament the first week of June.

“It’s as much conversation as I’ve ever had with Tiger,” Nicklaus said. “We talked about a lot of things. It was good. And he said, ‘Hey, (I’ll) see you in May. I’ll be at the Memorial.’ It’ll be nice to have Tiger back.”

Woods has won Jack’s event five times. When Tiger won the tournament in 2012, he tied Nicklaus for second on the all-time career PGA Tour victories list. Woods missed The Memorial last year because he was recuperating from back surgery.

While Woods told reporters he would be taking some time off at the Masters, it still remains to be seen when we’ll see Tiger tee it up next. He isn’t qualified for next week’s WGC-Match Play Championship at TPC Harding Park since he’s dropped out of the 64 in the world rankings. Popular belief is that Woods will make his next start the week following at The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event — which he won the last time he played it in 2013.