DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) – For the first time in three years, Tiger Woods is back at the Memorial.
He owns 79 PGA Tour wins, the second most of all time, but he hasn’t won on tour in five years. Many fans consider him a legend and they just had to be at Muirfield Thursday to see him try and capture a sixth championship at the Memorial.
“I think he’s bigger than golf, he’s a Michael Jordan, you know people flock to him, they want to see him, he’s a polarizing figure,” said Aaron Troll, a fan of Tiger Woods.
“He’s a game changer as far that outside of golf, charisma, there’s something about him that draws people,” said John Huffernan.
Tiger struggled on his front nine, shooting three over par due to back tightness.
“I have days like that you know, my back is fused, and I’m going to have days where it’s just tight,” said Tiger.
Fans of all ages still raced between each hole to see his comeback tour.
“With that type of ability that he has, that anything is possible.. two years, I wouldn’t of said that, I said he’s done he’ll probably never win a tournament,” said Justin Burris. “I think he put golf on the map for the younger generation.”
And Tiger noticed his new fan base, many taking selfies.
“A lot younger crowd. A new generation of kids that are out here following us, even guys that are out here playing out here, some were born after I turned pro,” said Tiger.
Several fans said Tiger Woods inspired them to start to play golf and they couldn’t miss the opportunity to see him play here at the Memorial again.