Tiger Woods underwent microdiscectony surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back on March 31st and the veteran hasn’t play a tournament since. After months of watching the PGA Tour from home, though, Woods is finally ready to make his much awaited return at the 2014 Quicken Loans National later this week at Congressional.
Woods finished sixth at Congressional in 2007 to go along with a win in 2009 and 2012. He has dominated this course throughout his career, and as a result, he will come with a good deal of hype this week. Despite his long break, many fantasy fans are eagerly reaching for the aging superstar this week in Bethesda.
There are several things to consider before reaching for Tiger this week. Firstly, Woods hasn’t participated in a tournament in over three months. It seems obvious to say that he will be somewhat rusty, as playing professional golf is much different than playing a couple practice rounds. Woods will struggle to keep up with the rest of the field.
Even worse, Tiger’s three starts on the tour this year were absolutely horrible. He posted a T25 at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship, but he tied for 80th at the Farmers Insurance Open and withdrew from The Honda Classic. Woods has yet to play more than one solid round of golf this year.
The bottom line is that Woods is forcing himself to comeback too soon. He could miss the cut this week, or even worse, be forced to withdrawal from the tournament completely. Either way, Woods will be an extremely risky fantasy option this week. Tiger won’t be worth the asking price and it would be better to avoid him all together until he shows that he is completely healthy.