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article imageTiger Woods to return next weekend, preparing for Majors

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 22, 2014 in Sports
The US PGA Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, from June 26-29, is suddenly at the top of golf fans' watch list. That's because after a 3-month injury layoff, Tiger Woods will make his return there.
Woods has been off following his March 31 back surgery but says he's ready to go. "After a lot of therapy, I have recovered well," he said in a written statement 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."
The Quicken Loans has been on the PGA calendar since 2007 and Woods is the primary host. It benefits The Tiger Woods Foundation for charities. The Quicken Loans has had 7 winners, with Woods winning in 2009 and 2012; Bill Haas is the defending champion.
The $6.5 tournament will likely be Woods' only warm-up for the British Open, which goes at the Royal Liverpool from July 17-20. The 38-year-old Woods is on the heels of some impressive PGA records, two of them the biggest in golf. He has won 79 PGA events, just 3 shy of Sam Snead's record of 82 and his 14 major wins are 4 back of Jack Nicklaus' 18.
Woods missed both the 2014 Masters and 2014 U.S. Open due to his injury. In addition to the British Open, if all goes well with his back he will be able to compete in the final major of the year, The PGA Championship from August 7-10.
"I'm excited for the challenge ahead," Woods said.
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