Tiger's back, using friend Bell as caddie


The wait is over. No, not a debt ceiling deal, but learning when Tiger Woods will play next. On this website Thursday, Woods announced he would be playing in next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

“I’m excited to get back out there,” said Woods.

“Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!” Woods sent out on his Twitter account.

Woods has not competed since The Players Championship in May, withdrawing after nine holes of 6-over-par golf following a re-aggravation of left knee and Achilles injuries tweaked at the Masters.

Golf Channel  confirmed Woods will have pal Bryon Bell on the bag for the tournament. Bell has caddied for his friend and employer twice – in 1999, when Woods was victorious at Torrey Pines, and at the same event in 2000 as a chance to “defend” that title.

Woods is ranked No. 21 in the world ranking, which is part of a slide stemming from his 11-week absence from action. He is also currently on the outside of the FedEx Cup playoffs, sitting at 133rd on the ladder and needing to be inside the top 125 to compete in at least one playoff event. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is a no-cut event that Woods has won on seven occasions, which will assure him FedEx Cup and Official World Golf Ranking points.

Wednesday, Sean Foley told GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard via text message that he has not worked with Woods since The Players Championship. “I have seen him since then but we have just been chatting and setting a game plan for the future,” Foley said. “This time off has been an excellent opportunity for us to put in place a plan with the big picture in mind.”

The announcement did not share Woods’ status for the PGA Championship, played at Atlanta Athletic Club in the week after next week at Firestone CC.