Golf Fans Keeping An Eye On The Tiger

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Tiger Woods returns to tournament golf. Picture: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Tiger Woods  makes his long-awaited return to tournament golf this weekend at the Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

It’s his first tournament since undergoing back surgery in late March. And lovers of the dimple ball game can’t wait to have the sport’s biggest drawcard back on the circuit. But it’s not just about fans, Tiger’s tale is an interesting one as well.

The British Open is less than a month away and Woods needs to find form if he hopes to be competitive at Hoylake (near Liverpool), where he won the Claret Jug in 2006. After that, the US PGA Championship is at Valhalla in August.

Breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major victories is what Tiger is focussed on these days. The 38-year-old has 14 Majors – four Masters, three US Opens, three British Opens and four US PGAs.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner will be rusty when he picks up the clubs this week. So even though he has won twice at Congressional, no one realistically expects him to come out and shoot seven straight birdies like Kevin Streelman did to win the Travelers Championship last weekend.

Tiger is likely to struggle with consistency. Still, he should make the cut of top 70 and ties, something he has failed to do only 10 times worldwide since he turned pro in 1996. His main aim should be to play pain-free golf and sharpening his game.

Critics will be looking for further signs that his best days are well and truly over. Eldrick Tont Woods turns 39 at the end of the year and hasn’t won a Major since the 2008 US Open.

Aussie Jason Day  is well fancied, along with American Jordan Spieth  and Justin Rose .

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