Tiger Woods to Return to the PGA Tour at Wells Fargo Championship

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIApril 17, 2012

Tiger Woods will play at Quail Hollow
Tiger Woods will play at Quail Hollow

After a disappointing Masters, Tiger Woods will not play on the PGA Tour until the Wells Fargo Championship May 3-6.

The Wells Fargo is played on a wonderful golf course, Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It offers a $6.5 million purse and Lucas Glover is the defending champion.

With Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy already in the field, the Wells Fargo will be more like a mini-major the week prior to the fifth major, the Players Championship.

Woods has added some additional events to his schedule this year.  He played in the Honda Classic and finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy after shooting a final round 62.

He also added the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am because he decided to start 2012 in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour and missed his normal season opener, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Paired with Dallas quarterback Tony Romo as his amateur partner at Pebble Beach, he posted three excellent rounds of 68-68-67 and was in the last group on Sunday with Phil Mickelson.

Tiger shot a very ugly and shocking 75 in that final round compared to Phil's very tidy 64.

He did pick up a sixth Arnold Palmer Invitational title for his resume and has moved to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is No. 11 in FedEx Cup Standings.

Tiger appeared to be returning to his old form and had huge aspirations heading into Augusta.  We all saw what happened there. 

The club kicking melt down on the 16th tee on Friday demonstrated his total frustration.  He was never a factor after his second round 75.

The Wells Fargo will be his first tournament since the Masters and it will be interesting to see if we see the Tiger that won at Bay Hill or the frustrated Tiger we saw at Augusta.

Quail Hollow and TPC Sawgrass will be very good barometers for the state of Tiger’s game as the U. S. Open looms as the next major test.