Woods made cut in 2 previous returns from injury

Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional. ( Associated Press )

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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2010: Masters

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.