Jason Day will make his first competitive appearance since the Masters at this week's Memorial tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus at the perfectly conditioned Muirfield Village.
After winning the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain against Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, the Australian was laid off until the first major of the season at Augusta, where he finished 20th.
However, he was forced onto the sidelines yet again as his persistent thumb injury prevented the world number seven from competing again - until now.
And Day was clearly relieved to finally be able to compete at the top level again: "It was frustrating, really frustrating," he said. "Because everything felt great. My whole body felt great except one thing - my thumb."
Because of the nature of his injury, Day could not pick up a club to practice and admitted the last six weeks have not been fun for the WGC winner.
"You can probably get away with maybe a bad back or a bad knee, but if you can't hold a club, then that's not fun.
"I went through phases. I'd be very happy during the week and on Sunday I'd be moody because I'd see the guys winning. I guess my wife, Ellie, knew when to come and talk to me and when not to," he added.
Despite the woes of the past three months since his victory in Arizona, the Nicklaus-designed course is the perfect place for Day to return given that he is a member at Muirfield Village, with his US residence situated in Ohio.
He said: "To be able to win in front of Jack and the fans here, it would obviously be a great honour."
Five-time winner Tiger Woods is not as fortunate as Day, though, after announcing last night he will miss next month's U.S. Open as he continues to recover from the back surgery he had before the Masters.
The 38 year old rang tournament host Nicklaus to wish him luck this week, and the Golden Bear revealed the man chasing his major record "misses" the game.
"He said he's doing well, progressing well, and he's looking forward to getting back into the game. He misses it," said Nicklaus.
In his absence, Adam Scott has surged to world number one and heads to Ohio in top form having triumphed in Texas last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
He will need another good showing this week if he to remain at the top, however, with Henrik Stenson hot on his heels and in action at his home tournament the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
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