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Tiger Woods will return to PGA Tour this week

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Just three days ago we posted an article titled “Tiger Woods is back…to hitting full shots” after the golfer was spotted cranking drivers at his home club in Florida.

Well, according to the golfer’s Facebook page, he’ll return to competition next week at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

“After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said. “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.”

When he tees it up next Thursday, it will have been little more than 90 days since his surgery. Further, he’ll only have been hitting full shots for little more than a week. However, as Woods is the master of ceremonies at the Quicken Loans National and likely has to be there anyways, why not play some golf?

After one of the worst starts in his career in 2014, Woods underwent back surgery that sidelined him for the year’s first two majors, but it appears that he won’t be missing another. His return to golf comes three weeks before the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool GC in Hoylake, England, where Woods won the 11th of his 14 major championships in 2006.

Since Woods’ layoff from golf, his No. 1 ranking, according to the Official World Golf Rankings, has fallen to No. 4.

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  1. Joe

    Mar 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I think he is returning too soon. He should take the rest of the year off, gain strength and mobility and then return. Maybe play some exhibitions overseas before coming back to the tour.

  2. Airbender

    Jun 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Go Tiger!!!

  3. steve

    Jun 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I think he could play very well. For a month all he did was practice putting, chipping and pitching. He is always wild off the tee, but distance will be there. And he will make up any off shots to the green with his highly polished short game.

  4. TheLegend

    Jun 22, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Golf has been so much better with out him. He will never catch jack. He should just retire.

    • jcorbran

      Jun 22, 2014 at 1:57 am

      neither will you, give up

    • Rich

      Jun 22, 2014 at 2:23 am

      Couldn’t agree more legend. I’ve force have enjoyed watching everyone else play golf rather than just watching the Tiger channel. Perhaps the golf channel should be renamed. On the other hand, maybe this website should be called Tigerwrx or Golftiger. With the amount of stories about him, you’d swear he was the only professional golfer on the planet, oh other than that bloke who won the US Open, what was him name again? I’ve had TW shoved down my throat since the day after that finished

      • marty

        Jun 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

        What he said.

      • Hieronymus

        Jun 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

        Another jealous racist.

        • adam

          Jun 23, 2014 at 4:16 pm

          I’m a huge tiger fan and he’s better for the game, but jumping to those silly conclusions that someone’s a racist just because of a negative comment about tiger is childish.

      • +4

        Jun 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

        Wow somebody has alot of hatred in their heart… You seem like the kind of guy who nobody wants to play golf with… Or even be around… Enjoy the rest of your life as your pointless hatred of a man you don’t know continues to eat away at your soul

    • Dw

      Jun 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

      “My guess is that his priority over the next couple three years will be to break my record,” Nicklaus told Jaime Diaz of Golf World over the winter. “Frankly, I still think he’s going to break it.”

    • Dw

      Jun 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

      “My guess is that his priority over the next couple three years will be to break my record,” Nicklaus told Jaime Diaz of Golf World over the winter. “Frankly, I still think he’s going to break it.”

      enuf said right !

    • Ethan

      Jun 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Golf obviously isn’t better without him… Check the ratings bro. Tiger haters are immature, he’s the best golfer who ever lived and it’s great that he’s back. I guarantee if he won this week NOBODY would agree that he is bad for golf so…

  5. paul

    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I just hope he doesn’t hurt his back anymore. Go Tiger!

  6. Jeremy Beale

    Jun 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    The only question I have is he really back or is it simply for the foundation?

    I completely called this one. I wouldn’t expect Tiger to do any different coming in and playing in this tournament simply because it is the one in which he publicizes the most.

    On that note I’d hope he comes out to both compete and strengthen his game, not just support his foundation.

    And is he ready for The Open? I’d say far from, but he has to get his competitive swing back somewhere. Quicken Loans at Congressional is a wise choice. Play the familiar right? All I can say now is, “find your swing Tiger, you’re going to need.”

    • +4

      Jun 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Armchair condescension is amusing… Kudos to your massive ego mr spectator extraordinare

  7. Boris

    Jun 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Sweet. Can’t wait to see Tiger play again.

  8. marty

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  9. BOBBY D

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

    WHO CARES !

    • Norma Stitz

      Jun 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

      The people who pay the bills (sponsors & advertisers) care.

    • FredJ

      Jun 21, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I would guess you do since you read the article and took the time to post a comment.

      • Rich

        Jun 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        This is a lame comment. People can post positive or negative comments as they wish. As far as I’m aware, free speech is the cornerstone of a free America no?

        • Jason

          Jun 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

          Even more lame. You have the right to be stupid but that doesn’t mean you should abuse the privilege. This is just a golf website and no one is trying take away anyone’s freedom of speech.

          • Rich

            Jun 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

            Except the guy who’s trying to be smart arse by telling someone they care when clearly they don’t. There are people out the who don’t want to lick TW’s feet and I can’t stand it when TW lockers can’t accept it. Just accept it.

        • +4

          Jun 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

          CLEARLY you DON’T CARE… As perfectly illustrated by your multiple comments and replies on a tiger woods post… Not to mention the obvious venom and hatred behind your words… Yea you don’t care at all… How silly of us to think such a thing

          • Rich

            Jun 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

            You know what, I do care. This game is not reliant on one person. Anyone who thinks the welfare of this game relies on one player is very short sighted. Tiger Woods is not the fix it for this sport. Golf needs more than one person to fly the flag and all you people that worship him are not helping. If there was some balanced reporting on other players I wouldn’t care. But it drives me mad that every second day there is some stupid story about this one golfer that means nothing. Why is Tigers bag sponsor important? It does nothing to contribute the betterment of the game and it’s lame reporting. Why do we need to know every movement of this guy? Why do we ned to know what he had for lunch and where he goes to have his haircut? Stop with the paparazzi reporting and show us some interesting stories. There is a world of golf outside the USA and Tiger Woods. How about we see some of it?

  10. jcorbran

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    if you think you are ready now, wait 2 more weeks then you might really be ready, and i hope you will be.

  11. Eaton Beaver

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I am really looking forward to seeing a healthy Tiger Woods again. The man only won 5 events last season with a significant injury; many of the “experts” on television don’t have 5 wins in their careers. The haters on these threads need to prepare themselves for what may be 10-12 years of Tiger being a force to be dealt at every event he shows up at. Love him or hate him, Tiger is a transcendent star the likes of which golf has never seen.

    • MHendon

      Jun 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Ummm “transcendent star the likes of which golf has never seen”… You’ve heard of Arnold Palmer haven’t you? Still one of the top 10 earners in golf over 30 years since he did anything significant on the course.

      • Norma Stitz

        Jun 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

        Mr. Palmer has done some amazing things and was the catalyst that golf needed in his era however his impact resonates mainly within golf circles and it’s still burning today. Tiger’s impact has been felt throughout our entire culture, people from all walks of life come to events or turn on the television just to see him regardless if they’re golf fans or not. This interest fuels advertising revenues and that money makes the golf industry move at an incredible pace. Like Eaton said, his impact has transcended the game of golf. Love or hate the guy, he makes an impact no matter if he’s winning by 15 or struggling to make a cut.

        • MHendon

          Jun 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

          Norma maybe you and Eaton just aren’t old enough to remember, hell I’m really not either but I am familiar with history. Arnold was just as popular if not more so than Tiger during his time within golf and outside of golf. He was IMG’s first client and all modern sport management and endorsement was because of Arnold Palmer. He was celebrated by Hollywood, played with presidents and I believe close to doubled the fan base. Hell most of the products he endorsed weren’t even golf related. Ask anyone familiar with golf’s history, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, hell Tiger himself and they’ll all tell you, know one and I mean know one was more transcendent than Mr. Palmer. Believe it or not Tiger isn’t the first significant star in the game, he’s just your generations first star.

  12. Jack

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    He said support, not compete? Maybe he’s just playing some practice rounds?

  13. Booger

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Please miss the cut. I like to watch GOLF on the weekends.

  14. Mike Manoukian

    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Anyways is not a word!

  15. yo!

    Jun 20, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Come back, start winning, save the tour!

    • MHendon

      Jun 21, 2014 at 12:19 am

      “save the tour” you must be one of the Tiger flunkies instead of a true golf fan. The tour was fine before Tiger and it will be fine after Tiger. Just like any super star athlete Tiger brought in a lot of new fans, but they are his fans not true fans of the game. Sure when he retires viewership will go down and sponsorship dollars might to but for the true GOLF fan the tour will still be alive and well.

      • Jason

        Jun 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        I take offense to that remark. As a teenager golf for old, fat white guys, then this kid named Tiger Woods made golf cool. I wanted to see what the game was about and learned how to golf right handed even though I am a natural lefty I learned to golf. Now I have a 14 and 9 year old playing with me on the weekends and now entering junior golf events in our area I would be surprised if anyone in my house could name less than 20 current PGA players. I would say we are true fans of the game. Don’t lump everyone together so quickly it shows ignorance and why the game of golf is struggling to gain new players.
        Keep in mind Tiger is the reason quite a few of these young guys on tour decided to golf and not pursue a different sport, and without the purse sizes he helped create the PGA would not be as relevant as it is. If you deny that you’re not a “true fan”.

        • MHendon

          Jun 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

          I’m not quite sure what your taking offense to. I never implied all Tiger fans where just that and not fans of the game. But like most superstar athletes he has brought in a lot of fans that are his fans not fans of the sport its self. I know because quite honestly I was a Michael Jordan flunky, when he was playing I was interested in basketball but when he retired I lost all interest. I also never discounted his relevance to the sport I acknowledged the fact when he retires viewership will drop and so might sponsorship dollars. I was simply saying the tour was around before Tiger and it will be after.

      • yo!

        Jun 21, 2014 at 11:57 pm

        I can see you are an old wrinkled self-righteous curmudgeon and I completely expected someone like you to take the bait.

        • MHendon

          Jun 22, 2014 at 12:55 am

          Wow “curmudgeon” I had to look that one up. And know I’m not that old or self-righteous. I just don’t understand all the hero worship. But I guess since I have a little game myself, I don’t feel the need to live vicariously through others! Now that was self-righteous. lol

  16. Rich

    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yawn……………

  17. John kuczeski

    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Welcome back Tiger!

  18. Todd Turner

    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Love it…..

  19. Cris

    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Yeah, buddy!!!

  20. Clemson Sucks

    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Awesome!

  21. glen woo

    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “His return to golf will come three weeks before the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool GC in Hoylake, where Woods won the 11th of his 15 major championships in 2006.”

    – Woods has won 14 majors to date, not 15.

  22. Billy

    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    YAY!!!!!

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We got an in-hand look at the new Mitsubishi MMT Putter Concept putter shaft (as well as the inside story here), Fujikura Ventus TR Blue shaft (story here), Vokey SM9, new Cobra drivers, new TaylorMade putters, as well as plenty of peeks inside player bags.

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Patrick Reed on PXG driver deal, new Grindworks “Barrett” wedges (plus 2022 WITB)

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Prior to PXG’s recent announcement, Patrick Reed was an equipment free agent and had the freedom to play with any driver he wanted.

Without any mandates from a particular OEM, Reed was free to test and use different drivers from various manufacturers. And, throughout the majority of 2021, that’s what he did. Seemingly every week, Reed was using a driver from a different company, searching for his right fit.

By the end of the year, he finally found it. Starting in October 2021, Reed used a PXG 0811X Gen4 driver (equipped with his usual Aldila Rogue 125 MSI shaft) for the remainder of 2021.

Three months was an eternity in Reed’s 2021 free agency world of ever-changing driver choices, so it was no surprise when PXG announced the endorsement deal at the start of 2022. He was already using the company’s driver for a relatively extensive period, so the deal happened organically.

Following his T-15 finish at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui – his first event as a member of the PXG Troops – I briefly caught up with Reed on Tuesday at the 2022 American Express in Palm Desert to ask him about the driver and the deal.

“The driver’s been amazing,” Reed told GolfWRX. “Being in that free agency market, I’ve been able to use whatever I want. I’ve tested every driver from Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping, PXG, and this one I feel like gives me the best opportunity to make my golf swing and hit the shot I want to, and at the same time have the speed I’m looking for. So, for me, the driver’s unbelievable.”

While the PXG driver has been in his bag for months now, he did show up to the 2022 American Express with a few new clubs.

In addition to the Grindworks irons that he’s been playing the last few years, Reed now has new Grindworks “Barrett” signature collection wedges in the bag (Barrett is the name of Reed’s son). As per the company’s website, the wedges are officially called “Grindworks + Patrick Reed – The Barrett Wedge Collection.

Designed by Niimi Kiyonari, the same craftsman who designed Reed’s irons, the Barrett wedges are the result of two years of close work with Reed to get exactly what he wants out of his wedge.

“We’ve been working really hard on designing the wedges through Grindworks,” Reed told GolfWRX on Tuesday. “They’ve been really good. It’s still a work in progress, trying to tweak them a hair here and there, but for me, it’s going to be a game-changer, because, let’s be honest, you have to be perfect from 130 yards-and-in nowadays on Tour, because that’s where you score every time.”

On the company’s website, Kiyonari writes the following about working with Reed on the wedges, and how they’re different:

“The idea of creating Mr. Reed’s wedges intrigued me. When Mr. Reed asked me to design his new wedge, I immediately realized that Patrick was after feel and nothing else. Feel permeates Patrick’s game through the core and is not to be compromised ever.

“So, the next question entered my mind… how do you go about designing a wedge that is unparalleled in the market and that you can only describe through feel at impact? Patrick had absolute faith in my ability to take his words, direction, and his eye for the aesthetics of the clubs and develop and synthesize all of the information and create what would be the perfect set of wedges.

“At first, I was tempted to dismiss the project, only because the feel is so subjective. How would I know from person to person what feel people want to be achieved? But in working with the irons with Patrick, I realized his aptitude for knowing what feeling people as well as the best players in the world are looking for… as well as what they were not looking for. It took us well over a year and a half just discussing the details with Patrick. The alloy to use, the shape to forge, how many grooves to cut and not once during all this time did Patrick waver about the technology or processes, all he wanted to achieve were his grinds….the grinds he had been trying to duplicate with each win, with each practice, wedges that would no longer need grinding and lead tape, he wanted his wedges and he wanted me to create his ‘go-to’ set of wedges, no grinding or lead tape necessary, ready for game- time.

“It took over two years of prototypes, discussions, changes, and sacrificed so many samples to achieve exactly what we all wanted. As a surprise to Patrick, we named his signature Wedges ‘Barrett’ after his only son.”

Reed had three Grindworks Barrett wedges (51, 57, and 61 degrees) in the bag on Tuesday at The American Express, although he appears to still be testing out the 61-degree version against Titleist Vokey SM9 and SM8 lob wedges.

As a side note, I also asked Reed about the relationship with Grindworks and how it started in the first place.

“Justine,” Reed said. “Justine (Reed’s wife) contacted them whenever I was trying to figure out what direction I was trying to go with clubs when I was in free agency. We just asked them if they’d build us a set of clubs, and I’m thinking they’re just going to send a blade that they’ve already made with my specs and just send ’em to me. After about 500 emails and 8 different CAD designs, we designed the entire set from scratch.”

Below is an in-hand look at each of the new Barrett wedges and a company description of each new design.

Grindworks PR-B51

“The Grindworks Barrett 51 wedge is all about ‘smooth transitions.’ This wedge is intended to give you the shotmaking from the fairway giving players optimal spin, with the ability to control trajectory, and create the shot you want or need into the greens.”

Grindworks PR-B57

“The Grindworks Barrett 57 grooves are stamped lower and also closer to the leading edge giving it an overall straighter look but also keeps the forgiveness needed not to ‘dig.’ The intention with this 57-degree wedge was to give heel and toe relief, a wider sole, and smooth transitions from the heel to the toe.”

Grindworks PR-B61  

“A ‘High-Toe Look,’ but not a high toe. The 61-degree wedge has a nice straight leading edge, but transitions to the bounce smoothly so it does not dig. The grooves are stamped lower and are set deep into the wedge for optimal spin and performance. The bounce of this wedge is lower with heel and toe relief which allow for play on multiple surfaces and different lies and gives a player a multitude of shots, enhancing playability anywhere around the greens or from the fairway.”

Below is everything that Reed had in his bag on Tuesday ahead of the 2022 American Express. To see what GolfWRX members are saying about Reed’s equipment, and see all of our photos, check out the full Patrick Reed WITB 2022 forum thread here.

Driver: PXG 0811X Gen4 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 125 MSI 70 TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees), TaylorMade Stealth Plus (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 130 MSI 70 TX

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Phenom Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: Grindworks PR-202 (4 iron), Grindworks Patrick Reed Forged 101-A  (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Grindworks Barrett (51, 57 and 61 degrees), Titleist Vokey SM9 (lob wedge), Titleist Vokey SM8 (lob wedge)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3

Click here to see all of our photos of Reed’s equipment.

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Check out some of the most interesting photos below as well as links to all our galleries.

Mitsubishi MMT putter shaft (LINK)

Jason Dufner’s new 2022 Cobra LTDx driver spotted (LINK)
New TaylorMade Spider GT putters spotted (LINK)
From Michael Thompson’s WITB- Ping i525 3 iron (full WITB link)

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