Tiger Woods reacts after a missed putt on the 11th green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Woods Catches the Eye at Happy Hunting Ground of Muirfield Village

We’ve kept our powder dry, monitoring his progress with interest while resisting the temptation to put him up as a selection. But the time has now come for Tiger Woods to be given the green light from a punting perspective.

There have been so many false dawns surrounding Woods’ comeback from injury that this column was sceptical when he made his return to action in 2018 following fusion surgery on his back.

But the signs have been positive, and he has been competitive at the business end of tournaments to give a clear indication that he can win again given the right conditions – and this week’s Memorial Tournament offers that to him.

In his eight tournament appearances in 2018, Woods has missed only the one cut – at the Genesis Open – and has five top-12 finishes to his name.

The young guns have no mental baggage and are not fazed by the prospect of being stared down by arguably the greatest player to pick up a club. But Woods does not fear anyone in the game, and this weekend at Muirfield Village it could be his time to return to the winner’s circle.

Woods has spoken positively about being back on track, and he heads to Dublin, Ohio following an 11th-placed finish at the Players Championship at Sawgrass three weeks ago.

With summer finally upon us, we’re heading towards the bulk of the majors and it is pretty certain Woods has spent the past couple of weeks sharpening his game.

And the Memorial Tournament hands him the ideal opportunity to show he is ready to contend at The Open and US Open.

It is Woods’ first visit to Muirfield Village since 2015, but that does not put us off in any way as he knows the place like the back of his hand – being a five-time winner of the event.

Woods is faced with a red-hot field, with eight of the top nine in the world on show.

Justin Rose is in blistering form following his win in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial last weekend, Rory McIlroy went close in the PGA Championship at Wentworth and Justin Thomas will be in action for the first time since ascending to the top of the world rankings.

Decent cases can be made for a number of players in a stacked field, but at 188BET’s price of 21.0, the former world number one and 14-time major winner is a man to have on our side in Ohio this week.