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By Matt McCoy
Five time Memorial Tournament winner and defending champion Tiger Woods made it official Tuesday. He'll play at the 38th Memorial which tees off May 30.
"Not surprised (by the news) but really great to get that confirmation from the tour," Memorial Tournament excutive director Dan Sullivan said. "He's a five-time winner, he loves this golf course and the community really rallies around the fact that he plays such good golf here."
Woods comes in as the world's number one ranked player, with four tour victories already this year including the Tournament Players Championship last weekend.
"People keep on asking if he's back," Sullivan said. "I'd say he's back with a little bit of an attitude."
In addition to Woods committment, the Memorial announced that Luke Donald and Lee Westwood would also be part of this year's field. Players like Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy have already committed.
Sullivan said he is still waiting to hear from Phil Mickelson but believes he too will be part of this year's event.
"We think over the next two weeks we'll receive a commitment from him," Sullivan said. "That would just round it out. We'll have the most prominent names in the game playing right here."
Sullivan is unsure whether Sergio Garcia will be among those names. Garcia did not shy away from his dislike of Woods during the TPC last weekend saying 'he's not the nicest guy on tour.' The Spaniard was in contention last weekend until dumping consecutive shots in the water on 17.
"Sergio hasn't played (The Memorial) the last three or four years," Sullivan said. "He has not declined but he hasn't committed either....It will be interesting if he does."
To listen to Sullivan talk about Tiger Woods and the upcoming Memorial click HERE:
Tiger the Obvious Favorite
Tiger Woods impressive start to 2013, coupled with his dominance at Muirfield will make him the heavy favorite for this year's tournament.
"He's the favorite this year in everything he plays in," 610 WTVN golf analyst Ray Hustek said. "He loves the golf course at Muirfield Villiage and has obviously had a lot of success with a lot of wins here. Tiger's a fan favorite and gets good T.V. ratings so (Woods commitment) is good for everybody."
If Woods is not the winner when the final putt drops June 3, who will be? Who are the likely candidates to shake Jack Nicklaus' hand this year?
"The typical winner of the Memorial Tournament is a guy who has a major championship kind of golf game," Hustek said. "You look at the way Zach Johnson is playing, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, the guys that are smart control players (have the best chance)...It's not necessarily the bombers."
To listen to Ray Hustek talk about Tiger Woods and the Memorial Field click HERE:
What's Up With Those Pants?
The NBA playoff postgame interviews have become fashion shows the last few years. It seems as though the stars of the league are into one-upping each other. Last year it was the glasses with no lenses...This year, it's the unique dress suits the players are wearing.
Miami's Dwyane Wade took it to a new level Monday night when he showed up in a suit that featured pants that were about 4 sizes too small. In my day, they were called flood pants---or--if worn by a woman, capri pants.
Apparently, I'm out of touch because D-Wade has a fashion designer who must think this is the new trend...or maybe he was paying homage to Mary Tyler Moore.