This is the 45th time Jack Nicklaus has served as host of the Memorial Tournament, but the first time Muirfield Village will be without fans for the tournament. Due to COVID-19, the Memorial, like the Workday Charity Open last week and every tournament this year, will be played with no patrons around to see it.
"I think the tour probably made the right decision as it relates to the Memorial Tournament," Nicklaus said. The Memorial was originally going to operate at 20% capacity but with COVID-19 cases spiking, the tour scrapped that plan last week. "My goal of putting on the golf tournament is to bring major championship type golf back to Columbus, Ohio, where I grew up. That's why this whole event is being played. It's not being played for the players, it's being played for central Ohio....but I understand (the decision)."
Jack talked at length about the tournament, the Murifield Village course and more. You can check out his press conference here.
Five time Memorial Tournament champion Tiger Woods is in the field this week as he returns to the tour for the first time since February. The COVID-19 situation, forcing the tour to play without fans was a big topic during Tiger's visit with the media.
"It feels great to be back. I haven't played at a tournament venue for a while," Woods said. "It's certainly a different environment and a different world that we're in with no fans...The energy is different. There's nothing to feed off of, energy-wise. If you make a big putt or you make a big par or make a big chip or hit a hell of a shot, there's no one there."
Woods also talked about the state of his game, his expectations this weekend and more. His presser is posted below.