Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Twelve weeks after undergoing back surgery, Tiger Woods announced that he will return to competitive golf next week at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, outside of Washington, D.C.
Woods announced the decision Friday afternoon via his Facebook account, acknowledging that he will be “a bit rusty” for the event.
The tournament, in its eighth year, benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and has a new title sponsor. That likely has something to do with Woods’ decision to try and play.
The event will serve as Woods’ preparation for the Open Championship next month at Royal Liverpool, where he won the last of his three Claret Jugs in 2006.
“After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said in the Facebook post.
“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.,” he added.
The 38-year-old Woods had a procedure called a microdiscectomy on March 31 to alleviate a pinched nerve in his back. He had played just four times in 2014, with lackluster results.
Woods had back problems late last year, but they first became apparent again on March 2 during the final round of the Honda Classic. He withdrew following 13 holes.
A week later, Woods returned for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he fired a 66 during the third round to get into contention. But the back issues got worse the next day as Woods shot 78 and failed to make a birdie. He tied for 25th and hasn’t played since.
He missed the Masters for the first time in his professional career as well as last week’s U.S. Open. He has missed six major championships over the past six years.