Tiger Woods poses with the Fanatics cheer squad at the 17th green after the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Woods' solid play at Presidents and the Australian Open is an encouraging sign to his fans that his form of old may be returning. (Associated Press)
Tiger Woods reacts after hitting out of a bunker on the fifth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Woods bogeyed the par 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tiger Woods reacts after hitting out of a bunker on the fifth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Woods missed the cut and was sent packing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tiger Woods reacts in the 16th fairway as his fairway shot went into the green side bunker during third round play in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Saturday. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 8th hole during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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.