BETHESDA, Maryland: Tiger Woods and the US PGA Tour’s National return to Congressional Country Club this week for the first time since 2009, when the 14-time major champion won the event he hosted.
The event moved to suburban Philadelphia for the past two years while Congressional prepared for and hosted the 2011 US Open, which Rory McIlroy won while Woods was idled with nagging left knee and Achilles tendon injuries.
Now the event is back in suburban Washington starting Thursday and Woods is back in a hosting role, his charity foundation receiving proceeds from the event, and on solid form after a victory earlier this month at the Memorial.
Woods grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead at this year’s US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco but faded at the weekend, although he saw signs that give him hope for future majors, including next month’s British Open.
“Overall, the way I struck the golf ball, I was very pleased by that,” Woods said.