Tiger Woods shocked us all on Friday by announcing that he'll return to action this coming week at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. On Saturday, we got another clue as to his schedule going forward.
Jim Justice, the tournament director for the Greenbrier Classic, set for July 3-6 – the week after the Quicken Loans National and two weeks before the British Open – told The Register-Herald newspaper in Beckley, W.Va., that Woods won't play any more events between the Quicken Loans and the British Open.
"He is going to play in his event, and then he'll be off until the British Open," said Justice, who added that he received a courtesy call from Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, to break the news.
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"Tiger loved the Greenbrier and had a great time [there in 2012], but the doctors are telling him he has to rest after playing an event if he's going to try to make the British Open," Justice said. "And he has to play in his tournament (the Quicken Loans National, which he hosts)."
After the Greenbrier Classic is the John Deere Classic on July 10-13, and the British Open is set for July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool – where, of course Woods won the last time the event was played there in 2006.
Woods last played on March 9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he closed with a 78 – his highest final-round score ever on the PGA Tour – as he dealt with back pain. He had microdiscectomy surgery on March 31, and hasn't played since.
There had been speculation in recent weeks that Woods might not play any majors this season, but Steinberg said a few days ago that Woods was making progress on his swing.