Tiger Woods will make his return to professional golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA star officially announced Friday.
Teeing off at the Akron, Ohio event will mark the end of an 11-week break from the PGA Tour for Woods, whose return to action this season was in doubt after he injured his leg during the Players Championship in May.
The move comes at an uncertain time for Woods. In addition to coping with his leg injury, Woods fired his longtime caddy, Steve Williams, in June. He also has lost many of his endorsements in the wake of a sex scandal involving multiple women that rocked the sports world last year.
Woods is no longer ranked among the top 20 golfers in the world (he comes in at 21), and he must perform well at Bridgestone and the PGA championship the following week if he hopes to qualify for The Barclays, which is the opening tournament of the FedEx Cup.
The Golf Channel reported Thursday that Woods had tapped Bryon Bell, his friend, to caddy for him at Bridgestone, although Woods' agent would not confirm this with the Associated Press. Bell has had success with Woods in the past. In 1999, he caddied for Woods when he won the Buick Invitational.