Tiger off at 8:12 a.m. Thursday with Day, Spieth


Tiger Woods will return to competition at 8:12 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Jason Day and Jordan Spieth at the Quicken Loans National

The trio – the three highest-ranked players in the field – will tee off at 1:12 p.m. ET Friday at Congressional (see full tee times).

The early-late start gives Woods, the tournament host, the most recovery time in between rounds. This is his first event since March 9, and he said Tuesday that he “probably” would not compete this week if the event didn’t benefit his foundation.

Woods has won this event twice in four career starts (2009, ’12), both times at Congressional. 

Day, who was bothered earlier this season by a thumb injury, is making his fourth start in the past five weeks (back-to-back top 20s). He has three consecutive top 25s at Congressional. 

Woods has always been very complimentary of Spieth, who last year won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. During his news conference Tuesday, Woods said of the 20-year-old: “He’s been playing great. Normally when you’re young, you come out and you have your weeks from here to there and you may have two, three good weeks a year, maybe more. It just seems like he’s having one every week.”

Other groups of interest:

• 8 a.m. ET Thursday off 10 tee/1 p.m. Friday off 1: Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker 

• 8:12 a.m. ET Thursday off 1 tee/1:12 p.m. Friday off 10: Steven Bowditch, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland

• 1 p.m. ET Thursday off 1 tee/8 a.m. Friday off 10: Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, K.J. Choi

• 1:12 p.m. ET Thursday off 1 tee/8:12 a.m. Friday off 10: Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els