The left Achilles and knee injury that has sidelined Tiger Woods since May's Players Championship has mended enough to allow the former world No. 1 to return for next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and, by default, the PGA Championship.
Woods said earlier this month that he would listen to doctor's orders because 'It's time.' Late Thursday Woods confirmed on his website that he was 'excited to get back out there.'
According to the release, Woods 'recently began hitting practice balls,' although his swing coach Sean Foley confirmed on Wednesday to GolfChannel.com the two have not worked together since The Players but they have been in contact and have formulated a plan for the remainder of the year.
The Bridgestone is a logical choice for Woods' return. He's won seven times at Firestone and there is no cut at the World Golf Championship.