“I have been so impressed with Tiger during his comeback, and as I said after last weekend, I think he is on the verge of winning for the first time in several years,” Nicklaus said in a statement. “He’s been very close, and having won five times at Muirfield Village, I wouldn’t be surprised if he contended to win his sixth. Justin Thomas, meanwhile, just ascended to No. 1 in the world, and he has been playing great golf for a while now.”
One day before the real tournament gets started May 31, Woods and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will be paired together in the pro-am, which will also includePro Football Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and LaDainian Tomlinson.