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Tiger Woods |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/30/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
College: Stanford

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Tiger Woods picked up his eighth title at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational last season and is back to defend this year.
Typically a player returning to defend his title isn't newsworthy, but the amount of time Woods has missed due to injury recently has cost him his share of opportunities. This is just his third start since his most recent time on the sidelines, improving from a missed cut at Congressional to a 69th at The Open Championship. If there ever was a course for him to snap into form in time to make a FedExCup Playoff push, Firestone is it. He is 215th in the current FEC standings. Jul 29 - 10:12 PM

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Tiger Woods swallowed a 3-over-par 36+39=75 in the final round of The Open Championship to finish his week at 6-over 294.

Woods looked like he may be poised to mount a charge after opening with a 69 at Royal Liverpool on Thursday, but he faded from there. A second-round 77 saw him make the cut on the number, and his final-round 75 was preceded by a 73 on Saturday. Just seeing the weekend was an improvement from Congressional three weeks prior. Woods will now turn his attention to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, where he his a seven-time winner at Firestone CC.
Jul 20 - 8:17 AM

Tiger Woods stumbled to a 5-over-par 38-39=77 in his second round of The Open Championship to post 2-over 146 and survive the cut on the number.

Better yet, Woods needed to bury a mid-range birdie at the par-5 18th hole to secure a Saturday tee time. It was his only par breaker of the day. While his driving was terrible at times and he squared one bogey, one double and one triple (at the par-4 17th), he split eight (of 14) fairways and found 11 greens in regulation. So, his ability to escape was poor and his putting wasn't sharp. Nevertheless, he avoided missing consecutive cuts for the first time as a professional. That that fact even entered the conversation suggests that he's still shedding rust from having surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back on March 31. At his age (38½), it's quite understandable, but because of his cachet, anything short of victory would likely fall short of most expectations beginning with his own.
Jul 18 - 1:58 PM

Tiger Woods opened The 143rd Open Championship with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 and sits two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Despite a bogey-bogey start, Woods played as if he didn't have surgery on March 31, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and hitting 14 greens in regulation at Royal Liverpool. He opened with 67 en route to his two-stroke triumph here in 2006 when he played the par 5s in bogey-free 14-under. Today on the same holes, he scored two birdies and two pars. Overall, he circled six birdies against three bogeys. There's still a lot of golf to be played, but today's effort was impressive even for the impossible standards that he's set throughout his career.
Jul 17 - 8:46 AM

Tiger Woods signed for a 4-over-par 38-37=75 following his second round of the Quicken Loans National to post 7-over 149 at the midpoint, four strokes too many to survive the cut.

Woods created only 10 opportunities to break par and did so on three occasions today, including conversions from 26'1" and 11'6" at the ninth and 10th holes, respectively. However, he also squared five bogeys, including four consecutively beginning at No. 11, and a double (at the par-4 fifth) to secure what is just his 10th missed cut in 299 starts as a professional on the PGA TOUR. Overall, he hit 20 greens and needed 61 putts, including 30 today. He'll sit out the next two weeks before returning to competition at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, site of the most recent of three victories in the tournament in 2006.
Jun 27 - 6:05 PM

Tiger Woods settled for a 3-over-par 39-35=74 in his opening round of the Quicken Loans National.

He said that he would be rusty since having back surgery on March 31 and he was. The two-time winner of the tournament and its all-time earnings leader split nine (of 14) fairways, but found only 10 greens in regulation. He compounded matters by failing to get up and down seven times, all leading to bogey. Woods totaled 31 putts. His longest conversion of the round measured just 9'5" at the par-4 14th, site of his first of four birdies. The good news is that he closed out in bogey-free 3-under on his last six holes.
Jun 26 - 1:21 PM

Tiger Woods announced on Facebook this afternoon that he's committed to next week's Quicken Loans National.

Woods alerted his followers as such: "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." Talk about an aggressive return timeline. Just 86 days will have elapsed between the time he had surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back and when he bends over to stick his tee in the ground to open the tournament at Congressional Country Club next Thursday. This is obviously great news on all levels, and we have to trust his decision, but to recover that quickly at 38-and-a-half years of age is almost too remarkable to believe.
Jun 20 - 3:22 PM

In a brief update on Tiger Woods, Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte reported today that the 14-time major champion is swinging every club in his bag again.

"He was out at Medalist Golf Club [in Hobe Sound, Florida] this past weekend hitting full shots, including driver, I’m told," Rosaforte said. Today is the 78th day since Woods underwent surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back. His return to competition remains a question mark and the range of possibilities is large. The first prospective site would be next week's Quicken Loans National that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, but for him to compete would not only serve as an aggressive timeline, it would probably be a foolish one, too.
Jun 17 - 12:27 PM

Tiger Woods announced today on his website that he will not compete in next month's U.S. Open.

Style points for timing on an off-day so this week's Memorial will not be disrupted, but this really isn't news. Woods is expected to miss considerable time after having surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his back on March 31. "Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said. "I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."
May 28 - 6:20 PM

In an update at ESPN.com, Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, shared that the world's top-ranked golfer is recovering as planned following surgery to heal a pinched nerve in his back on March 31.

"[Woods is] doing a little bit more and more each day," Steinberg said. "He's getting to the point of light chipping and putting and the doctors and trainers seem to be pleased with where he is. He is on schedule but we don't know what that schedule means. I don't know when he intends to be playing competitively. But I expect it to be this summer. I know that's a wide range, but as the weeks go by we'll be able to pinpoint an approximate time. It's still a little early for that. Nothing that has gone on from the day of the surgery until today gives me any pause to amend what I said then. I know that's broad and vague but we can't pinpoint a specific time until we're further along. ... This is about the next 10 or 15 years, this is not about the next 10 weeks. This is not about targeting any specific tournament. If he needs to wait one or two or three extra weeks he will. He's thinking about this very, very long term."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 6:15 PM

On his website today, Tiger Woods announced that he will not compete in next week's Masters after having surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.

It's the first time that Woods will miss the Masters as a professional. "After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," he said. Woods had a microdiscectomy. A notable touring pro that underwent the same procedure is Jamie Lovemark in August of 2011, but he was just 23 years old. He played two months thereafter. Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah, operated on Woods, who is 38. If recovery is smooth, the world's top-ranked golfer will return to action this summer. "It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future," he added. It's what you'd expect him to say, but he still hasn't won a major post-knee reconstructive surgery. In a career that's currently defined as being four major titles shy of Jack Nicklaus' record, every missed opportunity raises more doubt. Our relevant real concern is if he'll qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Apr 1 - 11:57 AM

In a brief article at Golfweek.com, it was reported that Tiger Woods is suffering from a bulging disc.

Golfweek.com's Jeff Rude cited "someone with knowledge of [Woods'] condition" as his resource, but the anonymous diagnosis makes all the sense in the world. Anyone that's ever suffered from a similar injury winces right along with the world's top-ranked player and can relate to the pain felt during certain motion. Until now, we've been in the dark about specifics, only left to wonder the reasons why Woods was having back spasms. Rest is usually the required remedy, but everyone responds differently and the location of the source pain can affect the healing process. That Woods will likely get an entire month off before the Masters is welcome news for his owners even though he's sidelined.
Mar 20 - 3:18 PM

Tiger Woods has elected not to defend his title at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing back spasms.

Woods announced the news on his website. His statement in its entirety: "I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year. I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided. It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this great tournament this week." Woods has won eight APIs in all, including the last two editions. He had hinted about modifying his schedule prior to the season's first major, but this ongoing issue as it relates to his back precludes suspicion of surprise starts in San Antonio or Houston as primers.
Mar 18 - 5:23 PM

Tiger Woods was vintage in his third-round 6-under-par 33-33=66 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, taking the lead in the clubhouse at 1-under 215.

Woods circled eight birdies to just two bogeys at Trump National Doral and the putter was a major factor. Highlights included birdies from 13'4" on the par-4 third, 15'9" on the par-4 11th, 21'10" on the par-5 12th and 35'1" on the par-3 15th. As you would expect with those figures, he gained well over three strokes with the flat stick and also landed 14 GIR. His 66 surpassed Jimmy Walker's 67 for the best round of the tournament. A week after withdrawing from The Honda Classic with a balky back, Woods will try and close out his first victory of 2014 in Sunday's final round.
Mar 8 - 3:35 PM

Tiger Woods navigated Trump National Doral in 1-over-par 38-35=73 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

As we intimated this morning, Woods' closing sparks with the putter to conclude his opener fueled a birdie-birdie opening on 10 and 11 in the second round. He trailed with five unanswered bogeys before landing his tee ball 91'7" from the hole at the par-3 fourth. With a hearty whack, the world's No. 1 converted for birdie, and then chased it with another (from 41 inches) at the par-4 fifth. The bomb is the longest recorded conversion on a green on the PGA TOUR since Ángel Cabrera dropped in his try from 103'5" on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale in the final round of the 2011 WM Phoenix Open. Woods arrived at the halfway point of this week's WGC in 5-over 149, six strokes off the pace of the 36-hole quad-leaders.
Mar 7 - 7:18 PM