Tiger Woods has had numerous interruptions in his professional career, and each time he has returned, it has been newsworthy. As he prepares to resume again on Thursday in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. -- his first event since recovering from back surgery -- here is a look at his previous comebacks:
FEBRUARY 2003: BUICK INVITATIONAL -- After surgery in December 2002 to remove fluid from around the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. Playing in the final group with Phil Mickelson, won by four strokes over Carl Pettersson.
FEBRUARY 2009, WGC-ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP -- His first start since his 2008 U.S. Open victory in June, after which he required reconstructive surgery on the ACL in his left knee. Lost to Tim Clark in the second round.
APRIL 2010, THE MASTERS -- First tournament after scandals involving his personal life surfaced the previous November. Tied for fourth, five shots behind Mickelson.
MAY 2010, THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT -- Following a one-month layoff with an inflamed facet joint in his neck, tied for 19th place, 12 strokes behind Justin Rose.
MAY 2011, THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP -- Returned from injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon, sustained at the Masters. Withdrew after nine holes with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a strained left Achilles tendon.
AUGUST 2011, WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL -- In his comeback from the May injury, he tied for 37th at Firestone Country Club, 18 strokes behind Adam Scott. The winner had Steve Williams -- fired after a long run as Woods' caddie -- on the bag. Williams celebrated with an impromptu news conference.
MARCH 2012, ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL -- Returned two weeks after withdrawing on the front nine Sunday of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a left Achilles tendon injury. Won by five strokes over Graeme McDowell.
JULY 2013, BRITISH OPEN -- Out for a month after the U.S. Open with a left elbow strain. Tied for sixth, five strokes behind Mickelson.