Tiger Woods is relishing his return to action in this week’s PGA Tour event at Congressional having spent three months on the sidelines following back surgery at the end of March.
The 38-year-old 14-time Major winner has not played competitively since the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on March 9 when he closed with a 78 to tie for 25th after complaining of lower back pain.
Woods subsequently underwent surgery on his back and has since missed the Masters and US Open, while there were real fears that he might not return for the rest of the summer.
However after working hard in his rehabilitation Woods revealed late last week that he was planning a return at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland, a tournament which raises money for his charity foundation.
The American will hope to blow off the cobwebs in that event as he has one eye on next month’s Open Championship at Hoylake from July 17-20.
Woods, who won the last of his three Open titles at the same venue in 2006, said: “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.”
Woods can be backed at 15.00 to make a winning return in the Quicken Loans National, while Jason Day is favourite at 13.00.