Tiger Woods, whatever the state of his game, is returning next week in the rechristened tournament in Charlotte, N.C., whatever the state of its name.
Woods on Friday morning finally committed to play in the former Wachovia Championship, now renamed the Quail Hollow Championship after the host club.
In a way, Woods will be defending a title of sorts, depending on your preferred time continuum. He won at Quail Hollow in 2007 despite blowing a three-stroke lead on the back nine, yet skipped the event last year after undergoing post-Masters knee surgery. Anthony Kim won his first PGA Tour title in Charlotte last year.
Woods finished T3 in 2004 and T11 in 2005 in Charlotte. Wells Fargo, the parent company of sponsor Wachovia, declined to put its name on the tournament this year, fearing it would get critically shredded for staging a tournament with public bailout funds.
Woods' commitment means the TARP City field field will include seven of the top 10 players in the world rankings, and five of the top six. The only top-six player skipping the tournament is Masters runner-up Kenny Perry, who is serving as a grand marshal with father, Ken, at the Kentucky Derby parade next week.
Phil Mickelson (No. 2), Sergio Garcia (3), Geoff Ogilvy (4), Padraig Harrington (6), 2005 champion Vijay Singh (8) and Camilo Villegas (10) are also in the field. Masters winner Angel Cabrera also committed.
This marks the first of an expected two consecutive weeks of competition for Woods, who also is expected to play May 7-10 at the Players Championship, an event he has won only once.