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Tiger Woods and Jason Day face off at Congressional

2014 Quicken Loans National Preview: Leaderboard

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TIGER WOODS is finally back after his long injury layoff and will partner Jason Day in the first rounds of the Quicken Loans National in Maryland this week.

Woods is recovering from back surgery and hasn’t played since early March while Day has now played three events since returning after a thumb injury and is starting to feel fully fit.

The young Aussie finished T4 at the US Open and had a 65 at the Travelers on Sunday and has moved to world No.6. He’s eyeing off the number 5 spot – currently held by Woods – and happy to take up the challenge at the Congressional Country Club, where he finished runner-up in the 2011 US Open.

‘‘I am watching the rankings. When I saw Rory missed the cut (last week) it really gave me a sense of huge motivation for last weekend to play really well and climb the leaderboard to have a chance to pass him,’’ said the 26 year old Day, who has made no secret of his ambition to be Australia’s youngest ever No.1. ‘‘Now I’m looking forward to contending and hopefully winning this week.’’

‘‘I am excited to play with Tiger and get a first-hand look at how he’s feeling and playing and hopefully make a move past him on the world rankings. The expectations are pretty high right now, so I’ve been putting in the hard work and doing the right things.’’

Woods is back earlier than was thought but says he wanted to play in this event, which he hosts and benefits his foundation.

‘‘If this wasn’t the foundation and our impact that we can have with kids, I probably would not have played (this week),’ Woods said.

‘‘I healed extremely fast, thanks to my physios, and all my nutrition and all the different things that we did … Obviously, I’m going to get stronger as time goes on.

‘‘Winning is the ultimate goal. It’s just that it’s going to be a little bit harder this time.

‘‘I just haven’t had the amount of preps and reps that I would like, but I’m good enough to play and I am going to give it a go.’’

Other Aussies teeing up this week include Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Steven Bowditch, Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy, Mark Leishman, Aaron Baddeley and rookies Brady Watt and Oliver Goss.

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Brian is the editor and founder of ASG. He is a former Sydney journalist and is now an avid "senior" golfer. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

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