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Cassie Stein
Tiger Woods' apparel for the 2014 Open Championship.
Tiger Woods' apparel for the 2014 Open Championship.

Nike athletes will sport new styles at The Open Championship this week. They are fresh designs for fall, intended to keep athletes protected against the elements thrown their way at Royal Liverpool this week.

See what Woods, McIlroy and others will wear in their start in England:

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Thursday: TW Seasonal Bold Stripe polo, $90; TW Adaptive Pant, $125; TW Engineered sweater, $140; TW Ultralight Tour cap, $30; TW Mesh Nike belt, $70; Nike TW’ 14 footwear, $220

Friday: TW Engineered Body Map polo, $100; TW Adaptive Pant, $125; TW Engineered sweater, $140; TW Ultralight Tour cap, $30; TW ...

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Brentley Romine
Tiger Woods after winning the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews.
Tiger Woods after winning the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews.

Tiger Woods will make his 18th Open Championship appearance when he tees it up this week at Royal Liverpool.

Woods has won the event three times, including the 2000 Open at St. Andrews in which he won by eight shots. Two of his Open victories came at St. Andrews while the third one came at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

Here's a look at Woods' Open performances by year:

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1995

St. Andrews

Finish: T-68

Woods, at 19 years old, was third among amateurs at his first Open, finishing at 7-over 295 – 13 shots behind winner John Daly, who defeated Costantino ...

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Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods will tee off at 4:04 a.m. EDT on Thursday, paired with Henrik Stenson and Angel Cabrera.
Tiger Woods will tee off at 4:04 a.m. EDT on Thursday, paired with Henrik Stenson and Angel Cabrera.

There are plenty of storylines to watch at this week's Open Championship, from Tiger Woods' first major of the year to Phil Mickelson's quest for another Claret Jug.

The pairings and tee times for the second round were announced Monday at Royal Liverpool – and here's a look at some of the standout pairings.

LATE-GROUP FIREWORKS: Tiger Woods is teeing it up with Angel Cabrera and Henrik Stenson. Woods will look to keep showing that he's rid himself of some of the rust he showed at the Quicken Loans National as he plays his first major of ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods during a 2012 news conference at Augusta National.
Tiger Woods during a 2012 news conference at Augusta National.

In the book, "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era," authors Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts detail thousands of dollars they say were paid by Tiger Woods to Dr. Anthony Galea – who pleaded guilty in 2011 to federal charges of improperly treating athletes, including Alex Rodriguez.

The book said that Woods paid Galea $76,012 to visit the golfer's Florida home 14 times in 2009, figures previously quoted by Golf Digest, as well as paying Dr. Mark Lindsay, another Canadian physician who treated Rodriguez, $118,979 for 49 visits to Florida.

At ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods is currently No. 209 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Tiger Woods is currently No. 209 in the FedEx Cup standings.

For some of golf's most heralded names, the FedEx Cup is more like playoff headache because as the dog days of summer settle in, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be in the postseason.

Of particular note, there are four players who made it into the final 30 last year (aka the Tour Championship) but are currently outside the cutoff of No. 125 to make the playoffs: Nick Watney, who ranks 132nd; Roberto Castro, 143rd; D.A. Points, 184th; and Tiger Woods, 209th.

Toss in Steve Stricker, who has played in each of the seven Tour Championships since ...

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Jim McCabe
Due to his own tournament, the Quicken Loans National, being moved to after the British Open, Tiger Woods could play four out of five weeks next summer.
Due to his own tournament, the Quicken Loans National, being moved to after the British Open, Tiger Woods could play four out of five weeks next summer.

True, we’re not even through the 2014 season, but a glimpse into 2015 poses an intriguing picture. That is, there will be room for just three tournaments between the U.S. Open (June 18-21 at Chambers Bay) and the Open Championship (July 16-19 at St. Andrews' Old Course).

The Travelers (June 25-28) will follow the U.S. Open, as it has for years, and then will come the Greenbrier Classic (July 2-5) and the John Deere Classic (July 9-12).

The Quicken Loans National, which has been held between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship each summer since ...

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Brentley Romine
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.
Cody Proveaux (far right), shown after he sunk a putt to clinch the 2012 Wyndham Cup, is among those selected to Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup team.

This year marks the 25th year of the Wyndham Cup, the AJGA's team match-play competition that pits the East versus the West.

Players such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr have all played in the event.

To celebrate the occasion, here are Golfweek's all-time Wyndham Cup teams, as selected by Brentley Romine.

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BOYS

Brad Dalke (2011-13)

Buzz: Dalke will make his fourth Wyndham Cup start this year. He didn't win a match in his first appearance, but the Oklahoma commit has gone 6-0-2 in two Wyndham ...

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Brentley Romine
Angel Cabrera moved to 56th in the Official World Golf Ranking following his first PGA Tour victory, at The Greenbrier Classic.
Angel Cabrera moved to 56th in the Official World Golf Ranking following his first PGA Tour victory, at The Greenbrier Classic.

Angel Cabrera's first PGA Tour victory, at The Greenbrier Classic, moved him inside of the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking while Tiger Woods dropped two spots.

A two-time major champion, Cabrera rose from 90th to 56th in the world. It's the highest ranking for Cabrera since he was also 56th last November. He's reached as high as ninth in the world, in 2005.

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Woods, who did not play this past week but will tee it up in two weeks at the Open ...

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods during the second round of the Quicken Loans National.
Tiger Woods during the second round of the Quicken Loans National.

BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods said he was encouraged. But he’s not ready.

Not ready to contend any day soon, anyway.

He may find something between now and the Open Championship July 17-20 at Hoylake, where he won in 2006. But that might be difficult to accomplish without more competitive rounds to chip off the rust that was apparent at the Quicken Loans National.

As it stands, he isn’t expected to compete between now and then. But because he needs more fine-tuning, it would behoove him to add the Scottish Open the week before going to Royal Liverpool. Yes ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods during the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National.
Tiger Woods during the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National.

Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour ended after two rounds of the Quicken Loans National as Woods shot a second-round 4-over 75 Friday at Congressional.

"I was off," said Woods, who made five bogeys and a double bogey to go along with three birdies in his second round. He made four straight bogeys from Nos. 11-14 and finished at 7 over, four shots back of the cut line.

Newly turned pro Oliver Goss shares the lead with Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed at 6 under.

Despite his struggles, Woods called his performance "encouraging," because he experienced no ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during a first round of the Quicken Loans National.
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during a first round of the Quicken Loans National.

After missing more than three months of play because of a back injury, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour this morning to shoot 3-over 74 in the first round of the Quicken Loans National.

Two days after saying he doesn't feel "explosive" yet, Woods got off to a slow start. He was 6 over through 12 holes, but made three birdies coming in and is eight shots off of Greg Chalmers leads after Round 1.

Here's how it all unfolded Thursday at Congressional:

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Update #9: 4:55 p.m. ET

Freddie Jacobson has four birdies in his ...

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods during his first-round 74 in his return to PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
Tiger Woods during his first-round 74 in his return to PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

BETHESDA, Md. – You know rhythm and blues. This was blues, then rhythm for Tiger Woods. Predictably rusty in his first competitive round since March 9, he bogeyed seven of his first 12 holes, mainly because of an inferior short game, and then birdied three of his last six, thanks to three short-iron approach shots within 4 feet.

That added up to a 3-over-par 74 in the Quicken Loans National first round and the sense he played better than he scored.

“I made so many little mistakes,” Woods said after hitting nine of 14 fairways and 10 greens in regulation on ...

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Jeff Rude
As the years have gone by, people have expressed doubt that Tiger Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus' record for major victories. Apparently four-time major winner Ernie Els isn’t one.
As the years have gone by, people have expressed doubt that Tiger Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus' record for major victories. Apparently four-time major winner Ernie Els isn’t one.

BETHESDA, Md. – Everybody, of course, seems to have an opinion on whether Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major-championship titles.

Now age 38, Woods has been stuck on 14 for six years.

As the years have gone by, more and more people have expressed doubt that Woods will surpass Nicklaus.

Apparently four-time major winner Ernie Els isn’t one of them.

“He’s got the strongest mind out here,” Els said of Woods on Wednesday before the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National, in which Woods will make his return from back surgery. “So I think ...

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods on the eve of the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National.
Tiger Woods on the eve of the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National.

Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.

BETHESDA, Md. – This wasn’t a typical Wednesday pro-am for Tiger Woods. This one was more about tuneup, about refining, than usual. When you haven’t played a competitive round since March 9, when you are coming back from March 31 microdiscectomy, an 18-hole walk with amateur partners can be about trying to scrape off a layer of rust.

Pro-ams generally aren’t something to get excited about, unless you’re one of the amateurs, or pay attention to. But the Quicken Loans National pro-am was ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods during Wednesday's pro-am for the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional CC.
Tiger Woods during Wednesday's pro-am for the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional CC.

Different injuries, different scenarios. But two things remain constant when Tiger Woods steps into what unfortunately has become the accustomed role of comeback kid:

One, it takes mere seconds for you to realize that there’s far more buzz when he tees it up.

And two, he seems to have a standard speech, because he sure says the same thing a lot.

Take the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, for example. It was Woods’ first tournament since his playoff victory in the 2008 U.S. Open, about an eight-month layoff after knee surgery. And just how was he feeling?

“I ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth will share a tee time for the first two rounds of the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National (shown here earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open).
Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth will share a tee time for the first two rounds of the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National (shown here earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open).

Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour will become official with an 8:12 a.m. tee time Thursday early in the first round of the Quicken Loans National.

Woods will have some heady company, at that – sharing the time with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

Other top groups for the first two rounds will include Keegan Bradley with Ernie Els and Justin Rose, as well as Jason Dufner with K.J. Choi and Bill Haas, late Thursday and early Friday. Brandt Snedeker will play with Webb Simpson and Brendon Todd early Thursday and late Friday.

Here are more facts ...

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David Dusek
Tiger Woods during a Tuesday news conference for the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National, where he will make his return to play this week after a back injury.
Tiger Woods during a Tuesday news conference for the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National, where he will make his return to play this week after a back injury.

BETHESDA, Md. – Roughly 50 media members gathered in the media center at Congressional Country Club Tuesday morning, replacing a sea of empty chairs that had filled the room a day before. Two massive TV screens that had shown World Cup soccer a day earlier featured tennis matches from Wimbledon instead. Roger Federer's regal face filled the screens while a ticker along the bottom displayed that LeBron James had opted out of his deal with the Miami Heat, deciding to become a free agent.

Like his two Nike stablemates, Tiger Woods knows what it's like to have one’s ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are listed as early co-favorites for the 2014 British Open.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are listed as early co-favorites for the 2014 British Open.

While he hasn't hit a shot in competition since having back surgery in March, Tiger Woods already is listed as the Open Championship co-favorite by oddsmaker Ladbrokes.com.

Woods is listed at 10/1 alongside Rory McIlroy, ahead of Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer at 16/1.

Here are the complete odds from Ladbrokes as of Tuesday morning EDT:

  • Tiger Woods . . . 10/1
  • Rory McIlroy . . . 10/1
  • Phil Mickelson . . . 16/1
  • Adam Scott . . . 16/1
  • Martin Kaymer . . . 16/1
  • Henrik Stenson . . . 20/1
  • Justin Rose . . . 25/1
  • Jason Day . . . 25/1
  • Sergio Garcia . . . 25/1
  • Lee Westwood ...

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Brentley Romine
Kevin Streelman holds his daughter Sophia after winning the 2014 Travelers Championship. The victory moved Streelman to 36th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Kevin Streelman holds his daughter Sophia after winning the 2014 Travelers Championship. The victory moved Streelman to 36th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Kevin Streelman birdied his final seven holes – a PGA Tour record – en route to winning the Travelers Championship and moving into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking with the victory.

His triumph Sunday at TPC River Highlands moved Streelman from 58th to 36th, which equals the highest ranking of his career. Streelman first moved to 36th after his T-2 finish at the 2013 Players and was most recently 36th following his T-3 showing at this year's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

K.J. Choi also made a big move thanks to his T-2 finish, climbing 19 spots ...

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional (shown here earlier this year before withdrawing at the Honda Classic).
Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional (shown here earlier this year before withdrawing at the Honda Classic).

One common golf refrain over the years has gone something like this: Never be surprised by anything Tiger Woods does.

That mainly has applied to rare achievement, such as winning a U.S. Open by 15 strokes or another Open on a broken leg. The most recent case, though, has to do with his surprise announcement Friday that he will return to competition next week in the Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional.

It’s a surprise, at least to this observer, for a few reasons.

One, he only recently started making full swings. Two, people in his camp on ...

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Bill Zimmerman
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.

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 ...

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Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
Tiger Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

He's baaaaaaacccckkkk.

Tiger Woods announced via Facebook that he will return to PGA Tour action at next week's Quicken Loans National at Congressional on Friday afternoon, finally resolving the speculation on when he'd return to competitive golf.

On his Facebook page, he told his fans: "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 ...

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Jeff Rude
A source close to Tiger Woods put the odds of Woods returning at the Open Championship as 50-50.
A source close to Tiger Woods put the odds of Woods returning at the Open Championship as 50-50.

Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.

• Tiger Woods’ return to competition from March 31 microdiscectomy surgery is on schedule for sometime this summer, as originally expected, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said Wednesday. For what it’s worth, summer officially starts Saturday and ends Sept. 22.

“Nothing changed on that,” Steinberg said of a summer comeback. “He’s on the exact path we had hoped for and is progressing well.”

Woods reportedly is making full swings with all clubs again in practice. Steinberg said he didn’t know that for sure, but he ...

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Nick Masuda
Tiger Woods signed a multi-year endorsement deal with MusclePharm, who will now be on Woods' bag.
Tiger Woods signed a multi-year endorsement deal with MusclePharm, who will now be on Woods' bag.

While Tiger Woods begins to ramp up his rehab from back surgery – taking full shots over the weekend at Medalist – the World No. 3 will have a new bag sponsor when he returns to the course.

Woods announced on his website Wednesday morning that MusclePharm, a performance-lifestyle sports nutrition company, had signed him to a multi-year endorsement deal that will officially begin on July 1, 2014.

According to the release, Woods will appear in advertisements and commercials, while also making appearances and promoting MusclePharm on social media.

"One of the keys to success as an athlete is making sure you ...

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Nick Masuda
According to a report from Golf Channel, Tiger Woods has returned to hitting full shots in south Florida.
According to a report from Golf Channel, Tiger Woods has returned to hitting full shots in south Florida.

According to a report from Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte, Tiger Woods has begun to hit full shots after being restricted to pitching and chipping since back surgery in late March.

He has been working through his bag at Medalist in south Florida.

Does it mean that the 14-time major champion will return for the Open Championship in mid-July? That is yet to be determined, as Woods has not commented on his progress since announcing he wouldn't play in last week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Woods is still recovering from microdiscectomy surgery that dealt with ...

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