It has been 12 weeks since Tiger Woods last played competitive golf, although the former world number one will line up for the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday after making a full recovery from a knee and ankle injury.
Woods has been sidelined for the US Open and Open Championship, while the American made the recent decision to part company with Steve Williams, something which came as a surprise to the caddie and it now means that the player is looking for a permanent successor.
Woods revealed on Tuesday that he nearly played in last week’s Greenbrier Classic but is now feeling great ahead of the Bridgestone tournament, stating: “I was pretty close to being ready to go but I decided to give myself some more days of hitting a lot of golf balls and get [my] body attuned to that and conditioned to that.
“So I listened to the doctors and took another week off, and [I'm] thankful I did actually because I feel great now … as good as I have felt for years.”
Darren Clarke has been paired with Woods in Thursday’s first round and there is sure to be huge media attention on a player that recently won his first major and one that has several under his belt and is hungry for more.