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Tiger Woods is back at the Memorial

Golf is one of the few sports that has been able to go on through the coronavirus pandemic in a successful fashion with no fans. One thing has been missing and that's been the sport's most popular player-Tiger Woods.

Woods will return this week to the Memorial Championship in Ohio and is listed as a +1600 favorite from betus.com. The field is stacked led by Rory McIlroy (+750), Brooks Koepka (+1200), Dustin Johnson (+1400), Colin Morikawa (+3300), Webb Simpson (+1800), Jon Rahm (+1600), Patrick Reed (+3500), Bryson DeChambeau (+1100), Rickie Fowler (+3400), and Justin Thomas (+1400).

Will Woods be rusty considering he hasn't played since February, when he finished last at the Genesis Invitational? That's possible, but he's playing at a tournament that he has won a record five times. He's also entering a stacked field and at 14 in the world, he'll have 12 of the top players ahead of him. Morikawa, a rising star after winning at Muirfield Village last week to win the Workday Charity Open, will also be there. This tournament will also be played at Muirfield Village, where Woods has nine top 10s in 17 appearances. Last year, he finished ninth at Muirfield, but shot a 67 in the final round.

But if he's healthy, he has a legitimate shot. Some players need to play every week, but Woods' body has been breaking down for years and the time off should help. He also did play in May in an exhibition match with Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to raise charity for COVID-19 efforts.

Woods will be paired with McIlroy and Koepka for the first two rounds.

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