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Tiger Woods announces return to golf after three month layoff


Tiger Woods announces return to golf after three month layoff

Derrick Johnson July 29, 2011

Tiger Woods hasn't played a competitive round of golf since pulling out of the Players Championship on May 12 after nine holes, but the 14-time major winner is set to return. Woods announced that he plans to play in next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods has been sidelined since May with a slew of leg injuries suffered during the Masters including problems with his Achilles tendon and knee. The former world number one made the announcement via Twitter.

"Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!" he posted to the website.

How Woods performs is anybody's guess. Though he has won seven times at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his performance at the tournament last year was the worst in his professional career when he finished 18-over. According to ESPN.com, it's also unclear how much he's been able to work on his game during his time away as his swing coach Sean Foley, said they have not worked together.

It will also be interesting to see how Woods fares without his longtime caddie Steve Williams at his side. Woods dropped Williams as a caddie after 12 years earlier this month, citing the need for a change. In Williams' stead will be Bryon Bell, who last caddied for Tiger in 2003.

Woods has not won a tournament in nearly two years, his last victory coming at the Australian Masters in 2009. Soon after, his personal and professional live were thrown into turmoil after it was revealed he had been involved in numerous extramarital affairs.

The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational kicks off at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, and comes just one week before the PGA Championship.