Tiger Woods will be back next week.
He announced on his website Thursday that he will play in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. It will be his first competition since May 12, when he withdrew from The Players with what were diagnosed as knee and Achilles injuries.
Woods has since said he would not return until he felt 100 percent healthy. So the announcement Thursday said a lot about his health. He will come back to a comfortable spot--as he did when he returned from his post-scandal hiatus at Augusta last year. He has won the Firestone tournament seven times.
Unless he reinjures himself there, it would seem a cinch that he will play in the PGA Championship at Atlanta Country Club the following week. Woods has missed two consecutive majors this year and surely will be motivated in the event that organizers call "Glory's Last Shot." The PGA will be his shot to match up against Rory McIlroy, who won the U.S. Open in a Tiger-esque romp, and Woods' good friend Darren Clarke, who won the British Open.
Even his down time lately has been dramatic. Woods announced last week that he had parted ways with longtime caddie Steve Williams, who was none too happy about it. Williams said he felt unrewarded for having been so loyal during Woods' struggles. Williams now carries for Adam Scott.