Woods to return to PGA Tour in Charlotte

Staff WriterApril 24, 2009 

— Tiger Woods, winner of the 2007 Wachovia Championship, will return next week to play in the Quail Hollow Championship.

Woods, the world's top-ranked golfer, officially committed to the tournament today, giving the event one of the strongest fields of the year on the PGA Tour.

In addtion to Woods, No. 2 Phil Mickelson and No. 3 Sergio Garcia are also in a field that includes 11 of the top 14 players in the latest world rankings.

It will be Woods' fourth apperance in the seven-year history of the Quail Hollow event. After missing the inaugural event, Woods has kept the event on his schedule. He missed the 2006 tournament because of his father's death and last year's event because he was recovering from the first of two knee surgeries.

The Quail Hollow Championship will be Woods' fourth stroke-play event since returning to the PGA Tour after an eight-month break because of knee surgery.

He has finished tied for ninth in the WGC-CA Championship, won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and tied for sixth in the Masters. Woods was eliminated in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in his return to the tour in February.

Woods will likely arrive at Quail Hollow sometime on Tuesday, when he will perhaps play a practice round. He will participate in the Wednesday pro-am.

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