Players excited for Tiger's return at Quicken Loans


BETHESDA, Md. – Fans and media aren’t the only ones eagerly anticipating Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour after a 16-week break from the game following microdiscectomy surgery on March 31.

The field assembled for this week’s Quicken Loans National seems to be just as curious regarding what to expect from the former world No. 1 in his post-surgery debut, but agrees that having golf’s top draw back in action only makes the game better.

“Tiger’s the driving force behind our game and we need to have him playing and playing well,” Brandt Snedeker said. “He brings the casual fan in that we haven’t had in the last few weeks and that’s great for golf and great for us.”

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Although his counterparts don’t seem to know what to expect from Woods any more than he does, there was a sense among the rank and file that he is using this week’s start as a building block for next month’s U.S. Open.

“No matter who, there’s an element of getting the rust off and if I was Tiger Woods I would probably be looking at the Open Championship and the decision to play here is because he doesn’t want to be rusty at the Open,” Justin Rose said.