Woods made cut in 2 previous returns from injury
Friday, June 20, 2014
Next week's Quicken Loans National won't be Tiger Woods' first return from an injury-induced layoff, but it will be his first after back surgery. Let's look at his previous returns from injury:
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2009: WGC Match Play
T-17, one win and one loss.
Reason for layoff: Knee injury that affected him during his 2008 U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines, which he won in a playoff against Rocco Mediate.
First round: Defeated Brendan Jones, 3 & 2.
Rest of week: Lost to Tim Clark 4 & 2, an upset by any standard as Woods was No. 1 in their bracket and Clark No. 8.
Next win: Four weeks later, in just his third start back, Woods won at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational – one of six wins that season before his next layoff-inducing injury would strike.
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T-4, 11 under par
Reason for layoff: Injuries sustained during an auto accident near his Isleworth home in Windermere, Fla.
First round: 4-under 68 that included two eagles and left him two back of leader Fred Couples.
Rest of week: Friday and Saturday saw back-to-back 70s, followed by a closing 69 to pull within five shots of winner Phil Mickelson and tie K.J. Choi in fourth.
Next win: Woods would not win again before his next injury would cause him to miss time.
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2011: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
T-37, 1 over par
Reason for layoff: Woods suffered an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to withdraw at the 2011 Players Championship, his only entry in a span of nearly four months between the Masters and the WGC-Bridgestone.
First round: 2-under 68, the only time Woods would break par for the tourney.
Rest of week: Friday and Saturday saw Woods rise over par with rounds of 71 and 72 that took him out of contention; he closed with an even-par 70.
Next win: Woods managed non-Tour victories in the fall/winter of 2011, but needed until the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational to earn an official victory – one of three that season, followed by five in 2013.