Tiger Woods is back. After being on the shelf for the past three months following back surgery, Woods announced via his Facebook page on Friday that he’ll be returning to PGA action next week at the Quicken Loans National.
“After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National. 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 wrote.
If you listen closely you can hear PGA officials celebrating.
It’s not like golf has been completely uninteresting without Woods, but there’s no way it’s been as interesting. He’s still the sport’s top guy by a long shot, even though he may be on the downside of his career.
People, and specifically casual golf fans, pay more attention when he’s out there. Not everyone roots for him, but there are flat out more people interested in what goes on in the world of golf.
Coming off a fairly boring US Open, Woods’ return couldn’t be happening at a better time. You have believe the hope is that he’ll be ready for the next Major, which is of course the iconic Open Championship (July 13-20). If Tiger is ready to play the British, and play at a high level, you can almost guarantee a substantial ratings increase from the first two Majors of 2014.
As for whether Woods will return to prior form? That’s an entirely different deal. One thing at a time.