Catching up with Tiger Woods


Catching up with Tiger Woods, who announced that he will return to the PGA Tour at next week's Quicken Loans National, for which he is host.

Q: How long has he been sidelined?

A: Woods' last event was the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, which ended March 9. Noticeably affected by back pain, Woods closed with a 78, his highest final round on the PGA Tour.

Q: What medical procedure did he have, and when?

A: On March 31, Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.

Q: Where does he stand in his pursuit of records?

A: With 14 major championships, he remains four behind Jack Nicklaus. With 79 PGA Tour wins, he is three behind Sam Snead.

Q: How has Woods done at the two remaining major venues for 2014 - Royal Liverpool and Valhalla?

A: Woods won the most recent of his three Open Championships in 2006 at Royal Liverpool, beating Chris DiMarco by two strokes, shooting 18-under 270. He won his second of four PGA Championships in 2000 at Valhalla, holding off a determined bid by journeyman Bob May.

Q: How has Woods done in previous returns from extended absence?

A: He's had mixed results. In 2008 he did not play between the Masters and the U.S. Open, and of course he won that Open at Torrey Pines, then had knee surgery and was out almost nine months. He returned for the 2009 WGC-Match Play, losing in the second round. After the infamous late-2009 fire-hydrant incident and its aftermath, Woods was off for almost six months, returning for the 2010 Masters, where he tied for fourth. Because of leg injuries at the 2011 Masters, he took almost three months off between The Players Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing tied for 37th, then sat out about seven weeks between the PGA Championship and the Open because he did not qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He tied for 30th at the Open.

Q: Woods missed this year's Masters and U.S. Open. What other majors has he missed in his career?

A: Woods has missed four other major championships because of injury:  the 2008 Open Championship (recovering from surgery on left knee); the 2008 PGA Championship (recovering from surgery on left knee); the 2011 U.S. Open (injuries to both the medial collateral ligament and Achilles tendon in his left leg); the 2011 Open Championship (left MCL and Achilles).

Q: What is Woods' Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup status?

A: He is currently 67th in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings and 207th in the FedExCup Standings. He must be in the top nine in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings after the PGA Championship on Aug. 10 to earn an automatic spot on the team. He must be in the top 125 in the FedExCup standings after the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 17 to qualify for the Playoffs. Unless he wins in the next two months, it is very likely that he will need one of U.S. captain Tom Watson’s three picks in September in order to participate in the Ryder Cup. He will likely need around 410 FedExCup points (a pair of top-5 finishes) in these upcoming events to qualify for the first playoff event, The Barclays, which begins Aug. 21 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

Information supplied by the Golf Channel editorial research team.