Tiger Woods will make his long-awaited return to professional golf when he plays the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next week. Woods and Firestone, the course where the tournament is held, have had a rocky relationship. Woods has won the tournament 7 times, but last year had his worst statistical tournament of his career, shooting 18-over par. There is no cut at Firestone, so Woods will play 72 holes no matter the result. Woods last played at the Players Championship, where he withdrew after nine holes, citing injury to his knees and Achilles. He has said many times that he wouldn’t return until he felt that he was 100% healthy. Woods missed the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. He hasn’t won since the 2009 Australian Masters, and hasn’t been able to add to his 14 major wins since he won the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff. Bryon Bell, Woods’ childhood friend, will be his caddie at the tournament after Woods fired his longtime caddie and friend Steve Williams last week.
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