On Wednesday, Tiger Woods, who is recovering from both knee and Achilles injuries, vowed he'd be ready for the 2011 U.S. Open in June. On Friday, he took a big step in that direction when he committed to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, next weekend's PGA event (May 12-15).
Tiger made the announcement himself via Twitter:
Looking forward to the competition next week, just committed to the Players.
THE PLAYERS, often referred to as the "fifth major," has the highest prize fund of any PGA Tour stop, with a purse of $9.5 million and a $1.71 million reward to the tournament's winner. Tiger won the event in 2001.
Woods is suffering from a mild MCL sprain in his left knee, as well as a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon, both of which were the result of an awkward shot at hole No. 17 at the Masters. The injuries forced him to miss this weekend's Wells Fargo Championship.
Since the Masters, Woods has been resting the knee and wearing a protective boot as a precaution.