June 25, 2014
- Tiger Woods won the Quicken Loans National in 2009 and 2012. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
What can we expect from Tiger Woods at the Quicken Loans National? That's the big question. He said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from back surgery, but also that he is "rusty" and returning earlier than anticipated because of this tournament's ties to the Tiger Woods Foundation. PGATOUR.COM staffers offered their opinions on how Woods will fare at Congressional Country Club. You can weigh in in the comments section below.
Brian Wacker, Staff Writer: T45. Tiger has admitted to being rusty and not having all of the speed back in his swing. He also hasn't played competitively in more than three months and said that if the tournament didn't benefit his foundation he probably wouldn't yet be back to playing. None of this is exactly a good combination for a long and difficult Congressional -- even if Woods has won there before.
Mike McAllister, Managing Editor: T30. As Tiger noted, the weather will be warm, which should help to keep his back loose. I think he'll make the cut but hard to imagine he'll be a factor on the back nine Sunday after a three-month absence.
Ryan Smithson, Site Producer: T10. He missed three months in 2011 -- the same time frame as he's faced this year -- and shot a 68 in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. I suspect whether he contends or not rests on how many putts he gets to drop.
Chris Dunham, Site Producer: MDF. Anything from a win to a missed cut wouldn't be terribly surprising but I like picking the long odds. I think Tiger's going to have enough of his game to compete for a weekend tee time, but it'll be tough for him to put three or four rounds together after this layoff.
Bill Cooney, Site Producer: T55. Originally was thinking higher before Tuesday's news conference. In fact, I could even see a missed cut. One quote stuck out to me. "I just haven't had the amount of prep and reps that I would like, but I'm good enough to play, and I'm going to give it a go."
Anne Detlefsen, Site Producer: MC. Tiger had this to say when asked about getting his explosiveness back: "It still hasn't happened, ... not to the level that I'm used to." He's going to be rusty this week. I'd be surprised if he makes it to the weekend.
Sean Martin, Events Editor: T32. It's rare for Tiger to admit he's rusty, but that was the case when he announced he'd return this week. He's healthy but his game doesn't sound competition-ready. Sounds like this week is more about getting back into the swing of things than it is about winning.