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Added July 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Tiger Woods Could Return Next Week at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods could be back playing competitive golf on Thursday for the first time since May, as one British media outlet reports that Tiger is “expected to announce this week that he is returning to action at the Bridgestone Invitational.” Next week’s WGC-Bridgestone event is one Tiger has historically dominated, winning seven times, but he struggled mightily there last year.

According to Ryan Ballegee of ProGolfTalk, rumors swirled at the British Open “that Tiger Woods would compete in this week’s Greenbrier Classic, then proceed with his customary August schedule of an appearance at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship in Atlanta.” While he’s not in the field this week, the last two parts still seem possible.

Meanwhile, Tiger has dropped to No. 21 in the world rankings this week, marking the first time since 1997 that he was outside of the world’s top 20. And his recently fired caddie Steve Williams continues to come up with shocking and bitter quotes. “You could say I’ve wasted the last two years of my life,” Williams said. “I’ve stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I’m not disappointed I’ve been fired – that’s part of the job – but the timing is extraordinary.”

At the Senior British Open last week Tiger’s friends John Cook and Mark O’Meara both said Tiger told them he was doing better or doing fine, but wouldn’t tell them anything more specific. “I spoke to him twice in the last month,” Cook said. “I think last what he said he gave it a generic ‘It’s getting a lot better.’ But that’s it. He won’t go any further whether he’s hitting balls or when he’s going to play.

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