Tiger Woods to return to action next week

Tiger Woods, saying he might be a bit rusty but will play his way back into shape, announced on his Facebook page he will play in the Quicken Loans National next week at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Woods, who had back surgery 11 weeks ago, hasn't played since the World Golf Challenge-Cadillac Championship in March.

"After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week," Woods 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, 38, has missed the Masters, a title defense at The Players Championship and the U.S. Open this year. After winning five times last year, Woods has not won this season. He has played just three times on the PGA Tour this season. In his first start, he missed the secondary cut on Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times, including the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open.

He was forced to withdraw in the final round with back problems at the Honda Classic. A week later, he finished in a tie for 25th at the Cadillac Challenge, closing with a 78 when he was clearly bothered by back problems.


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