DUBLIN, Ohio: Beck Patrick was unfazed when his dad, Jason, told him Tiger Woods’ tee time Wednesday in the Memorial Tournament’s Pro-Am was moved up a half-hour, to 7 a.m.

“Then set the alarm for 6,” Jason Patrick, of Dublin, recalled his 6-year-old son saying.

Beck loves to play and watch golf, especially when it involves Woods, which is why the father-son duo were among the thousands at Muirfield Village Golf Club to watch Woods’ return to the Memorial after a two-year absence.

The crowds that followed Woods’ group, which included retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, dwarfed those of any other group participating in the Nationwide Invitational Pro-Am.

There’s no doubt some of the crowd was there for Manning, including Amy Stallworth, of Dublin, and her mom, Kathy Spencer, of Canal Winchester. Both said they’re big fans of Manning, and Amy got her pass signed by him. Manning’s No. 18 Colts and Broncos jerseys were a common sight during the round.

But there’s also little doubt that Woods made the Pro-Am spotlight shine brighter — and that the outsize crowds that latched onto his group Wednesday will follow him into the tournament, which officially begins Thursday.

“It’ll be a whole different ballgame,” said Paul Palmer, a Rochester, N.Y., resident who has been coming to the Memorial annually since 2000. “It’s nothing like when the tournament starts.”

Woods’ fans started gathering around the first hole before 7 a.m., with rows of people about six or seven deep surrounding the tee box.

“If there weren’t all these cameras, then maybe we could see,” one woman said as she tried to catch a glimpse of Woods before his opening shot.

And it continued throughout the round, especially on the back nine. As Woods’ group was putting on No. 15, most of the backside hill was filled with fans. When the group finished putting and proceeded to No. 16, the hill quickly emptied. Only a few dozen fans remained despite the fact that Justin Thomas, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, was about to putt.

Not every person who watched Woods was there for all 18 holes, but Hunter Travis, of Wheeling, W.Va., was. The 20-year-old West Liberty University student made plans to attend shortly after Woods committed to play in the Memorial.

Travis was at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron in 2013, the last time Woods won on the PGA Tour, and he wasn’t going to miss the chance to see him again in person. It didn’t hurt that he was playing with Manning, either.

“That’s a day in heaven for someone like me,” Travis said as he walked alongside the No. 4 fairway wearing a red T-shirt and white hat, both emblazoned with Woods’ “TW” logo.

Travis traveled to Columbus with three friends, but their paths diverged once Woods’ round began.

“I abandoned them to watch Tiger,” he said. “I told them, ‘I’ll see you in a couple hours.’ ”

While Woods and Manning were putting on the No. 2 green, Jason and Beck Patrick stood next to the ropes lining the path to the No. 3 tee box. It was an early opportunity to see the players.

When Woods approached, Beck yelled, “Good luck Tiger!” Woods smiled, complimented Beck on his “TW’’ hat, then went up to hit his drive.

Jason Patrick asked his son: “Want to keep following Tiger?”

“Yeah,” Beck said, and they rejoined the crowd walking down the third hole.

There was a reason the alarm was set for 6 a.m.

PGA Tour in Detroit

Ten years after leaving Michigan, the PGA Tour is bringing a new tournament to Detroit.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans has signed an agreement to host a PGA Tour event in the Motor City starting next summer. Still to be determined is the name of the tournament and when it will be played, though it likely would be two weeks after the U.S. Open.

It is expected to be held at Detroit Golf Club, a century-old course designed by Donald Ross.

As part of the agreement, the company will retain its title sponsorship of the Quicken Loans National this year, which is held at the TPC Potomac and run by the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Michigan had the Buick Open from 1958 through 2009, with a brief hiatus in the early 1970s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.