Tiger is back, and he's ahead of schedule.
At 8:12 a.m. EDT Thursday, Tiger Woods teed off at the Quicken Loans National amid a fan-packed Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., officially beginning a comeback from a back surgery that had sidelined him from some of golf's premiere events.
His first drive—which sailed over the green into a bunker—attracted a large gallery of spectators eager to see if Tiger is really back in top form. The golf superstar had been targeting the British Open in July for his return, but just hours before the deadline last week he announced he would play at Congressional—an event that just happens to benefit his charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation. Without that draw, he said, he would probably not be playing at all, and his comeback would have had to wait.