Tiger Woods announced on his website Thursday that he will return to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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Rory McIlroy's eight-stroke U.S. Open victory at Congressional Country Club revived memories of Tiger Woods' first major title, a 12-stroke victory at the Masters in 1997.
FILE - In this May 12, 2011 file photo, Tiger Woods bends his knee after his second shot on the ninth hole before withdrawing in the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Injuries to his left knee and Achilles' are bad enough that Woods decided Tuesday, June 7, 2011, to skip the U.S. Open for the first time since 1994. The Masters is now the only major he has never missed as a pro. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Tiger Woods pauses while speaking to the media after he withdrew after nine holes during the first round of the Players Championship golf tournament on Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Health may be the biggest impediment as Tiger Woods, with 14 major championships, chases Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Woods' most recent victory in a major was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods attends a news conference as part of his Asian tour at Mission Hill Dongguan club house, in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Woods will visit Beijing and Seoul during the tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference as part of his Asian tour in Mission Hill Dongguan club house in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Woods will visit Beijing and Seoul in South Korea during the tour. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Phil Mickelson (above) walks up to the ninth hole during a practice round for the Masters on Wednesday in Augusta, Ga. Tiger Woods (below) waits to hit off the 13th fairway during his practice round. (Associated Press)
FILE - In this June 11, 2009, file photo, Elin Nordegren talks to her husband, golfer Tiger Woods during the first quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals in Orlando, Fla. Woods hasn't won in the year since he came back from his sex scandal, and some of his outings have been downright embarrassing. Woods claims his swing is the issue, but the real problem may be deeper than that. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)