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Tiger Woods to return next week at Quicken Loans National as Congressional

Tiger Woods was seen grimacing in pain often during his last tournament, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Photo:

Tiger Woods was seen grimacing in pain often during his last tournament, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Tiger Woods, who hasn't played since March because of a back injury, will return next week at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, the 38-year-old announced on his Facebook page on Friday.

"After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National," Woods said in the post. "I've just started to hit full shots but it's time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead."

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Woods had microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back in March and was forced to miss The Masters and U.S. Open. The 14-time major champion hasn't won a tournament this year, and 2011 was the last time he went a full calendar year without a win.

Woods hosts the Quicken Loans National and proceeds from the event benefit his Tiger Woods Foundation.

He last played on March 9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he finished 5-over for the tournament after a 78 on Sunday through back spasms. He withdrew after 13 holes in his final round at the Honda Classic a week earlier due to back pain.

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