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Woods Ready To Compete

Tiger Woods says he's feeling "the itch to compete." (Brandon Connelly)
Tiger Woods says he’s feeling “the itch to compete.” (Brandon Connelly)

Tiger Woods is back. Having not played since late March due to a back injury and subsequent surgery, Woods is in the field at the Quicken Loans National, which begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Woods has had four surgeries on his left knee and severe Achilles tendon issues in his career but he said this nerve impingement “is no joke. I couldn’t function. I couldn’t get out of bed. I’ve talked to people who have had this surgery and they said they got their life back. I can now do things that I used to take for granted.”

Woods said he started putting right after the surgery but wasn’t allowed to bend over and pick up the balls out of the hole. So, he had the holes in the putting green at his home in Jupiter, Fla., filled with sand so that he could tell the ball would go it but he didn’t have to bend over. As his recovery progressed, he went to chipping and pitching for a few weeks and on to full swings. Just in the past week, he began hitting drivers and got “the itch to compete.”

He did say that if not for the fact that this was the tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, he probably would not have picked this week to return. It is thought that Woods will compete in the Open Championship in three weeks but he gave no indication that will be the case.


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