The PGA Tour will have its biggest draw when Tiger Woods returns to the links to play the Quicken Loans National next weekend at Congressional Country Club.
Woods has been out of action since early March year as he recovered from back surgery and the television ratings for the recently-completed U.S. Open and the Masters earlier this year suffered as a result of Woods not being out on the course, but now the Quicken Loans National next weekend will be must-see television.
“After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods posted on his Facebook page.
“I’ve just started to hit full shots but it’s time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead.”
Recent reports revealed that Woods was hitting full golf shots, including with the driver, suggesting that his back was strong enough to the point that a return to the Tour could be forthcoming. We could only speculate if he had just begun hitting shots or if he had been working for weeks at it and was only recently released.
However, now we have confirmation that the former No. 1 player in the world will be back on the links next weekend as he tries to get into top form for The Open Championship and PGA Championship later this summer as he is still chasing down Jack Nicklaus for the most majors.
Woods is four shy of tying Nicklaus for the record that seemed all but inevitable as recently as four years ago.