Tiger Woods to return at Quicken Loans National
June 20, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods will return next week at Congressional, competing for the first time since March. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Tiger Woods will return to action at next week's Quicken Loans National.
Woods, who underwent microdiscectomy surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back on March 31, hasn't played since the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship more than three months ago.
Woods announced the news Friday on his Facebook page.
"After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National," Woods wrote. "I've just started to hit full shots but it's time to take the next step."
Woods missed the year's first two majors but began taking full swings just over a week ago at his home course in Jupiter, Fla., fueling speculation that a return was imminent.
"I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape," Woods wrote. "Excited for the challenge ahead."
Woods' swing coach, Sean Foley, said he expects to see Woods on Monday morning.
"You just have to take it day-by-day," Foley said with regards to Woods' swing. "There's really not a whole lot of math to it. It's just seeing how he feels day to day, warming up and playing the course."
Quicken Loans officials obviously were happy to hear the news of Tiger's return.
Woods has been bothered by a bad back since last August and was off to the worst start of any season in his career.
In three starts on the PGA TOUR this year, he made it to the end of Sunday just once, missing the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines and withdrawing from The Honda Classic with just five holes to play in the final round.
The following week Woods tied for 25th at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship but shot the highest final-round score (78) of his career. He also finished 41st in Dubai in his only other start of the year.
While recuperating, Woods has missed the season's first two majors and has dropped to 207th in FedExCup points. Last month, he was overtaken by Adam Scott as the top player in the Official World Golf Ranking.
When news broke on Monday that Woods was hitting full shots, speculation focused on when he might return. With Quicken Loans in its first year as sponsor of the tournament that supports the Tiger Woods Foundation, it appeared that Woods might be targeting next week.
On Tuesday, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said that "Tiger is making continual progress. He feels better each day and (is able to) extend his swing as he moves forward."
During the Quicken Loans media day in May, Woods noted that his injuries the last few years will require adjustments in his preparation for returning to the PGA TOUR.
"When I first came out on TOUR, I was running 30 miles a week, and I was doing that for years, and even during tournament weeks, I would still run five, six miles a day," Woods said. "But I can't do that anymore. We're obviously going to make some adjustments going forward. But I still want to feel explosive, I still want to feel strong and mobile, and I think with the team that I have around me, they're fantastic. We're certainly headed in the right direction now."
Tiger Woods announces return to PGA TOUR