Tiger Woods probably wouldn't play this week if foundation not involved

Tiger Woods is coming back sooner than he thought. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is coming back sooner than he thought. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods admitted on Tuesday that while he was hurt he never really targeted the Quicken Loans National as the tournament he was going to re-start his 2013-14 season.

"I'm actually probably ahead of schedule," said Woods. "We all thought the British Open would be my first event back. When you get treatment all the time it's amazing what you can do."

He then said he "probably would not" be playing post-back surgery if this tournament didn't benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.

According to PGATour.com the tournament helps with money and awareness for college programs for Woods' foundation.

"The Quicken Loans National will continue to raise funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Currently, the foundation operates three Tiger Woods Learning Centers in Washington, D.C., and the nearby Marine Corps Base - Quantico."

Woods went on to say that he wasn't risking compromising his back and that he's feeling as well as he's felt in two years. 

"I'm going to get stronger as time goes on," he said. "But the risk is minimal."

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