Tiger Woods: Odds on When He'll Get Back on the Golf Course

Joe Rapolla Jr.Featured ColumnistJuly 5, 2011

Tiger Woods: Odds on When He'll Get Back on the Golf Course

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    We haven't seen Tiger Woods on the golf course in a while, and honestly, everyone is a little bit sad about that. 

    His personal problems have finally taken a backseat, and everyone was optimistic that this was going to be the summer of Tiger's comeback, especially after his near-victory at the 2011 Master's. 

    Like him or hate him, golf just isn't golf without Tiger. Fellow Bleach Report writer Ben Cousins agrees. It will be a long while before the void left by his absence can be filled. 

    When will Tiger return? Here are the best guesses at answering that question. 

The British Open: July 17, 2011

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    Likelihood of a Tiger Sighting: 0%

    Tiger said this past week that he will not return until he is completely, 100 percent healthy. 

    This won't be in a week. No Tiger sighting at the British Open. 

RBR Canadian Open: July 24, 2011

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    Likelihood of a Tiger Sighting: 12%

    Why 12 percent, you ask? Because I think it's better than 10 percent, but I still don't think we will be seeing Tiger north of the border on July 24th. 

    Tiger is clearly in no rush to return, yet he is a determined competitor and will not let himself succumb to injury for too long. 

    He may be recovering at this time, but won't rush back onto the course for the Canadian Open. 

WGC-Bridgestone Invititational: August 7, 2011

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    Likelihood of a Tiger Sighting: 37%

    Historically, Tiger has owned this tournament. He has won it in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. 

    This is the last tournament before the PGA Championship, and it could be a good place for Tiger to loosen up if he plans to play in the PGA Championship. 

    Tiger is a pro though, and will want to come back with a bang. It won't be at a regular tournament right before a major. 

PGA Championship: August 14, 2011

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    Likelihood of a Tiger Sighting: 59% 

    This is the final major of the 2011 season, and Tiger LOVES majors. 

    After nearly sparking an epic comeback at this year's Master's. Tiger would love to once again make a splash at a major and show some of golf's young guns what it means to be a pro-golfer. 

    There is a better than 50 percent of a Tiger sighting here, but it's not much greater than that. 

Wyndham Championship: August 21, 2011

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    Likelihood of a Tiger Sighting: 67%

    This is the last regular tournament of the PGA Tour before playoffs begin. 

    It would be a smart move for Tiger to come back here, play great golf, and leave everyone wanting more next year. 

    Will he do this? If he's healthy, yes, which is probably about 67 percent. 

When?

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    No one but Tiger can answer this question, but I really think we will see him on the course before the end of this year's PGA Tour. 

    If not though, get your Tivos ready now to record the 2012 Masters. Tiger's return here would be appreciated and shocking, and the media will eat it up. 

    For the good of golf, Tiger, get on the course!