Tiger Woods maps out busy summer schedule with 5 commitments

Tiger Woods is going to have a busy summer.

That's what he tweeted Wednesday morning, when he announced early commitments to five events: the U.S. Open, Open Championship, Memorial Tournament, Greenbrier Classic and Quicken Loans National.

Woods previously had said that he will compete in next week's Players Championship, which he won in 2013 but missed last year after undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on his back.

The impending schedule represents the first prolonged run of tournament appearances for Woods since last summer.

This season, Woods missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, then withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after just 11 holes. He took a nine-week leave of absence to work on his game and recover from a back injury. Woods then returned at the Masters, finishing in a share of 17th place and later saying he was "proud" of his performance.

Woods' announcement doesn't mean those will be the only events he will play, either.

For one, he failed to include the PGA Championship, for which he is an automatic qualifier and will play if healthy. There also remains the prospect that he may need more tournament starts in order to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (top 50 in world ranking, or a tournament win in previous year) and the FedEx Cup playoffs (top 125 players in standings). He isn't currently eligible for either.

As for the five tourneys he tweeted about, only one should come as even a small surprise. Woods has competed in the Greenbrier Classic just once previously, missing the cut in 2012.

He will be seeking a fourth career U.S. Open title at Chambers Bay in Washington, a course on which he has no prior record. By contrast, he will be searching for a third career victory at St. Andrews for the Open Championship in July, adding to his 2000 and 2005 titles. Woods had previously told tournament host Jack Nicklaus that he would play the Memorial. And he serves as host of the Quicken Loans, which benefits his foundation.

Without a victory since the 2013 Bridgestone, Woods has dropped to 116th in the current world ranking. He has won 18 career WGC titles, but he failed to qualify for this week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play.