Tiger Woods has recovered sufficiently from back surgery for a pinched nerve to resume play, and he’ll make his PGA Tour return at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 26-29.
“After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Tiger Woods said on his Facebook page Friday. “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 is the host of the tournament and two-time champion of the event. As Patch earlier reported, at a May 19 news conference Woods said he would like to play but was waiting for the doctor says it’s OK.
He said he’s been sore and described his recovery and rehab from the March surgery as more tedious than after previous surgeries.
“There really is no timetable,” said Woods. “I want to play now…I miss playing.” Instead, he said he’s taking it day by day.
The tournament held in Bethesda raises money for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation, local charities and supports the United States military.
All will be playing for a purse of $6.5 million, including a top prize of $1,170,000.
Joining Woods in the field are four other players who have hoisted a Quicken Loans National trophy. Bill Haas will return to the field as defending champion after winning his fifth career PGA tour victory at Congressional Country Club in 2013. K.J. Choi, champion of the inaugural Quicken Loans National in 2007, returns while looking for his first win since 2011. Justin Rose, 2010 Quicken Loans National champion, and Nick Watney 2011 champion, both won the tournament when it was contested at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pa. Rose comes back to the field as a U.S. Open Championship victor, while Watney will seek a fifth career win.
This marks the eighth year of the Quicken Loans National and the sixth time it has been held at Congressional.
Details on all ticket options are available at www.QLNational.com.