Columbus is getting ready for one of the city’s biggest events of the year, the Memorial Tournament. Jack Nicklaus’ tournament got underway on Wednesday morning with the annual Pro-Am event. Featuring athletes and celebrities from all over, one of the best college football coaches in the world spent some time talking to one of the greatest golfers in world on the 10th tee box.
Teeing off with Tiger Woods on Wednesday was special guest Peyton Manning. Two more NFL stars, Greg Olsen and LaDanian Thompson are participating in the Pro-Am event, and will make the rounds together, along with Pat Perez’s group.
Here’s the full list of pairings for Wednesday’s round.
Some of the top names in golf have descended onto the home course of the Golden Bear, in what has become a favorite event for many of the PGA tour golfers. However, leading into the event, two of the most famous Buckeyes in the world— Meyer and Nicklaus— spent some time together on the course, and it went about as well for Meyer as you would expect.
Just talked with Urban Meyer, who told us he played with Jack Nicklaus on Saturday and Jack, 78 years old, was 1-under through seven holes.— Matt Edwards (@MattEdwardsNBC4) May 30, 2018
Woods returning for the 2018 tournament wasn’t much of a surprise, and he’ll join Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth competing for the top spot. Woods has won the tournament five times, including three years in a row from 1999-2001, but hasn’t had the honor since 2012. With Woods returning to something closer to his peak form so far this season, perhaps coming back to one of his favorite courses could give him the little boost he needs to make it back to the top of the leaderboard.
We’re lucky to have our favorite @PGATOUR pros AND special guests, like #PeytonManning, out on the course today for our annual #theMemorial Tournament pro-am. Follow along and maybe even catch a high-five! pic.twitter.com/hg50tJnJUz— #theMemorial (@MemorialGolf) May 30, 2018
Hopefully the rain holds off the next few days and lets one of Columbus’ best events of the year go off without a hitch. If it does get rained out, maybe Meyer will have some more time to mingle with the best of the best.