How to watch the Quicken Loans National live online, TV schedule, radio and more

Patrick McDermott

The PGA Tour and its media partners are delivered from a sluggish spring and summer stretch with the return of Tiger Woods.

It's been a quiet, desolate ride for the PGA Tour in the months with Tiger Woods out injured, but finally, the game's ultimate draw and moneymaker returns to competitive golf on Thursday morning. Woods has not played since Doral in early March, opting for microdiscectomy surgery on a pinched nerve at the end of that month and skipping the Masters and U.S. Open. The decision to return came sooner than expected, but in an underwhelming and struggling season for pro golf, whenever he returned was not going to be soon enough.

Tiger admitted on Tuesday morning that he's playing this week because he's the host, the Quicken Loans National benefitting his Tiger Woods Foundation. The original plan was to get back for the Open Championship in three weeks, a major not under PGA Tour control, but Woods felt he had progressed enough to safely return at Congressional. The rough is reportedly three-to-four inches high so it won't be the easiest test for Tiger, who's just trying to make the cut and get through four rounds "shaking off the rust." That's not what we're used to hearing from the most maniacally competitive player in the history of the sport, but this is a self-admitted "old" Tiger who's just trying to stay healthy in advance of the season's final two majors.

So it's a huge and much-needed boost for the Tour to get him back for one final event before the Open, but on Thursday, you just won't be able to watch his first round back on the course. That's because Woods will be out at 8:12 a.m. ET alongside Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, and there will be no early morning streaming or TV coverage from suburban DC. Golf Channel will have their usual coverage of the first two rounds, starting Thursday at 2:30 p.m. That will be well after Woods' group is done and in the Congressional clubhouse, and there's no "Featured Groups" type stream running in the morning to carry Woods' round online. So you're stuck with highlights and tweet reports when it comes to the status of Tiger's first round back, which would have served as a nice breakfast before the USA-Germany World Cup match at Noon and the NBA Draft in the evening.

On Friday, however, Woods will be out in the afternoon draw and there won't be a competing USMNT game. Tiger tees off at 1:12 p.m. ET for the second round, and Golf Channel should carry his every shot during their Friday broadcast window. Woods indicated throughout the week that there's been some shakiness and loose shots since he started practicing and taking full swings, but given his comfort at this venue and event, he should be around for the final 36 holes on the weekend. Even if he's not playing, he'll still be there to present the trophy on Sunday evening.

While the event took on heightened importance with Tiger's announcement last Friday afternoon, the coverage all week will be your pretty standard fare for a PGA Tour event. The Golf Channel broadcast will go a little longer into 6:30 for the first two rounds. As I mentioned, there are no dedicated featured groups or featured holes streams running early in the morning, but the all TV coverage will be simulcast online through either Golf Channel or the PGATour/CBS. The ratings should rocket up with Tiger back, and especially over last year's National, which he sat out due to a nagging elbow injury. It's an important and exciting week for the Tour, Tiger, and the game. Here are all your media options for the next four days at Congressional (all times ET):

Thursday's first round coverage

Television:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

1 to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Friday's second round coverage

Television:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

1 to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Saturday's third round coverage

Television:

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel

3 to 6 p.m. -- CBS

Online streams:

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream

3 to 6 p.m. -- PGATour.com simulcast of CBS coverage

Radio:

Noon to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Sunday's final round coverage

Television:

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel

3 to 6 p.m. -- CBS

Online streams:

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream

3 to 6:30 p.m. -- PGATour.com simulcast of CBS coverage

Radio:

Noon to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

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