Tiger’s back…at Quicken Loans National next week
By Bernie D'Amato under Tiger Woods

Tiger is back!

Tiger Woods will return to action at next week’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club. The news of Woods’ return comes after hearing he was hitting full shots this past weekend.

Tiger has been sidelined since the end of March after undergoing back surgery to fix a pinched nerve. He had been dealing with the back issue since last August at the Barclays when he fell to the ground in pain. Woods opted for surgery after withdrawing from the Honda Classic, and then barely finishing the WGC-Cadillac in early March.

Here is Tiger’s statement from his Facebook page:

“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.”

The 14-time major champion is coming back just in time for the season’s final two majors. The Open Championship is at Royal Liverpool (July 17-20), and the PGA Championship is at Valhalla (August 7-10). Tiger won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2006, and he won the PGA at Valhalla in 2000.

–Bernie D’Amato 

(Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)