Tiger Woods is back.
After a three-month layoff, Woods will return to the PGA Tour at the popular WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Woods, who has been hampered by knee and Achilles tendon injuries since the Masters Tournament back in April, was recently given the green light from his doctors to get back on the golf course. He wasted no time announcing his intent to return to competitive golf and the place where he won a record seven times during his storied career.
"I started back practicing a couple weeks ago," Woods said in his pre-tournament presser. "I was close to playing last week, but again, docs advised that maybe I'd want to take another week of training and really start pushing it pretty hard. So I did. And I feel good now. It was the right thing to do and here I am."
It's difficult to expect much from Woods this week. His layoff occurred at the same time he was trying to battle through swing change challenges and finding a replacement for long-time caddy Steve Williams, whom he fired a couple weeks ago. But his very presence in this impressive field will create a strong buzz and if he gets hot—well, it's hard to say how far he will take it.
I won't go so far as to predict a Tiger Woods victory this week. But a top ten finish would be a huge accomplishment heading into the PGA Championship next week.
Here are seven other golfers who should do well at this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.