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Tracking Tiger Woods’ return at the Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods is back this week at the Memorial Tournament, and we’ll be following along for as long as he is playing.

UPDATE Sunday: It was a rough day across the board, with most of the field turning in worse than par rounds. Tiger finished the day four over and finished +6 for the tournament. He finished tied for 40th.

UPDATE Saturday: Tiger was up and down all day. He had two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine, and then two birdies and one bogey on the back nine. He sits at +2 through 54 holes.

UPDATE Friday: Tiger struggled in the second round and finished at +3 after 36 holes. The cut line ended up at +3, so he made the cut.

UPDATE, Thursday night: Tiger Woods finished his first round at -1 and tied for 18th. Tony Finau led at -6. Woods returns to action at 8:17 a.m. on Friday, teeing off from the 10th hole. The opening projected cut line is +2. We’ll be tracking Tiger’s Friday performance below.

Tiger Woods is returning to action on Thursday at the Memorial Tournament, site of five of his 82 career PGA Tour wins. Woods has not played a Tour event since finishing 68th at The Genesis Invitational in February. He subsequently skipped the Players Championship due to a back injury and was expected to miss the Masters as well.

He’s back for the Memorial and teeing off at 1:17 p.m. on Thursday with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka in one of the featured groups of the week. They will be featured via live online stream all day on PGA Tour Live, and starting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel will be tracking the group among others.

Bettors are backing Tiger in a big way, with his odds climbing from +2500 to +1400 just ahead of his tee time. He’ll be a popular follow right out of the gate, and we’ll be tracking Tiger’s results as long as he remains in it.

As his tee time approaches, Brendan Steele leads the field at -4, followed by Charles Howell III at -3 after both completed their first round.

Round 3

Front nine

Tiger is even for his round heading into the back nine, leaving him at +3 for the tournament. He had a bogey on 3, back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6, and a bogey on 9. Here’s some video from his front nine.

Hole No. 15

Tiger has found some momentum on the back nine. He birdied 14 and 15 to drop to +1 for the tournament. He has climbed into 38th place.

Final round score

Tiger bogeyed No. 16 and closed with a pair of pars to finish the day one-over and at +2 for the tournament. He is tied for 49th with a third of the field still to tee off.

Round 2

Teeing off

Woods, McIlroy, and Koepka are teeing off at 8:17 p.m. from the tenth hole.

Hole No. 12

After two pars to open his second round, including a three-putt on a par 5, Tiger birdied on his par-3 third hole. He improves to -2, which gets him into a tie for 8th early in the day.

Hole No. 13

Tiger followed up his birdie with a bogey to drop back to -1. He got to the green in two shots, but had to three-putt his way into the hole. He’s now tied for 19th.

Hole No. 16

Woods sits at even par after stumbling on the 15th hole (his sixth of the day). He hit the rough on three straight shots and eventually put up a 6 on the par 5. He is currently tied for 30th.

Hole No. 17

Tiger is stumbling on his Friday front nine. He bogeyed on 17 after hitting the bunker on his tee shot and then back-to-back roughs on his next two shots. He is now +1 and tied for 40th. The projected cut at the moment is +2.

Hole No. 1

It’s been a rough Friday for Woods who is projected to miss the cut early in his back nine. He double-bogeyed No. 1, his tenth hole of the day. He hit the bunker on his third shot and had to two-putt. He is currently at +3 and tied for 76th place. The cut line is currently +2.

Hole No. 3

Tiger is moving in the wrong direction. After a double bogey to open his back nine, Woods bogeyed on the second hole to drop to +4 for the round. The projected cut remains at +2.

Hole No. 6

It looks like Tiger will not be headed into the weekend at the Memorial. He added a bogey on the sixth hole of his back nine and now sits at +5 for the tournament. The projected cut remains +2.

Hole No. 8

Woods is coming to the final hole of his round and has gotten hot. He birdied his 16th and 17th holes to improve to +3 going into what will be his 18th hole. The cut line remains +2, so we’ll see if it’s too little too late.

Hole 9, end of round

Tiger couldn’t get one more birdie to close the round. He teed off into the rough and couldn’t recover sufficiently, finishing with a par for the hole. He closed the day at +3, sitting one shot off the +2 projected cut.

Round 1

Close of practice

If Tiger had made this to close out practice, I’m pretty sure I would have bet all my money on him today.

Hole No. 1

How about a birdie on the opening hole? He had a solid approach shot from 145 feet, and sunk a a nearly 10-foot putt to start the day one under.

Hole No. 3

Tiger had a par on the second hole, and then birdied the third hole. His second shot from 106 yards was a beauty, spinning to one foot away for the easy birdie putt. He is now -2 through three holes.

Hole No. 6

Tiger will not have a bogey-free round. He missed a 10-foot putt for par and settled for a bogey on the hole to drop to -1 for the round.

Hole No. 8

Tiger has dropped back to even with a second birdie. He drove left of the green into the rough on the par-3 hole, and then two-putted once he got on the green for a bogey.

Hole No. 13

Tiger has reached par on five straight holes and remains even and is currently tied for 29th through 13 holes. He’s come up short a couple times on birdie putts, including missing by nine inches on the tenth.

Holes No. 15, 16

Tiger bounced under par and back to even with a birdie and then a bogey on 15 and 16. On 15, dropped an approach a 109-yard approach shot to within four inches of the hole for the easy birdie putt. On 16, his tee shot went in the bunker of the par-3 to slow him down.

Round 1 complete

Tiger closed with a birdie on 18 to finish the round at -1. He dropped in a 14-footer to close out his Thursday tied with seven other golfers in 18th. Tony Finau leads at -6. Heading into Friday, the projected cut is currently at +2.