For the first time since 2001, and fourth time overall, 79-time PGA TOUR champion Tiger Woods is poised to compete at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Woods is in search of his first TOUR title since the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
In his three previous starts at TPC Scottsdale, Woods finished T18 in 1997, third in 1999 and T5 in 2001.
En route to his T18 in 1997, Woods aced the par-3 16th hole in the third round, an indelible moment which continues to be shown in virtually every golf highlight reel on television and the internet.
Of the 12 competitive rounds played at the par-71 TPC Scottsdale, Woods has posted just two over-par scores; 72/R4/1997, 73/R2/2001. His lowest score in the event is 6-under 65; R1, R4/2001.
Woods was limited to just seven official events in 2013-14 with his best finish being T25 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He took nearly four months off from the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship until the Quicken Loans National after having microdiscectomy surgery on his back in late March. Woods returned to action at the Quicken Loans National, where he missed the cut. He withdrew during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational after straining a different area in his back.
Woods’ start this week marks his first official money start since missing the cut at the 2014 PGA Championship. Woods competed at the Hero World Challenge in December, finishing T17 in the 18-man field.
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