Woods: Playing this week because of Foundation


BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods admitted Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National that, all along, he targeted the British Open for his return to competition this year.

Woods had microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 to relieve a pinched nerve in his back. But since Woods’ team of doctors declared him ahead of schedule, he opted to give it a go this week at the tournament that benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation.

“It this wasn’t the foundation and our impact that we can have with kids, I probably would not (play),” Woods said at Congressional Country Club.

With a tender back, and Woods admitting he likely wouldn’t have played here if it was any other event, you’d think he’s not expecting much out of himself. Woods has always contended that he’s never showed up at an event he didn’t believe he could win.

This week seems different. Maybe not.

“Expectations don’t change,” Woods said. “That’s the ultimate goal. It’s just that it’s going to be a little bit harder this time. I just haven’t had the amount of prep and reps that I would like, but I’m good enough to play, and I’m going to give it a go.”