Tiger Woods ready for Quicken Loans National test in Virginia

Tournament host Tiger Woods said he hopes the move of the Quicken Loans National to a different course will not affect birdie-making.

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Tiger Woods said he is expecting a tough, but birdie-able, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club when the Quicken Loans National tees off there on Thursday.

The two-time champion will tee off for the first time since missing the cut at The Open, but gave an insight into the course he last played in 2005 when the United States won the Presidents Cup there.

A deal was reached that mainstay venue of the Woods-hosted tournament, Congressional Golf Club, will only host every second year until 2020 - and the tournament will be held about 60 kilometres west of Congressional this year in Gainesville, Virginia.

Last month, Woods dissected the course - admitting it was a very different place where the former world number one helped Team USA to the first of five straight victories of a crown they remain in possession of.

Woods' narrative in 2015 varies completely to that of 10 years ago, but he was able to recall on several kinks of the course named after the architect who died in 2000 aged 93.

"I don't know how many changes they've made, but it was a great matchplay course, a lot of different fingers on the greens. We had to be very precise," Woods said at the tournament's media day on June 8.

"Robert Trent Jones loved to put bunkers on the insides of doglegs.

"We're going to move the ball up over the top of some of these bunkers and play the holes on a fairly short side, but I don't know what they're going to do for this week. I don't know how far back they're going to play it. But it's a heck of a test.

"You can set it up in ways that you can make a lot of birdies. A lot of balls can funnel into the flags, or you can set it up like they did in the singles where no-one makes birdies, and it's going to be quite a test.

"Knowing the Tour, they probably want to have a mixture of both, but birdies are definitely more exciting, so I probably suspect that they'll make it more towards that."

Justin Rose returns as defending champion for the second time, having first won the tournament at Aronimink Golf Club in 2010 before a play-off win at Congressional 12 months ago.

Rose is joined by fellow top-10 player Rickie Fowler in the field, while two-time winner this season Jimmy Walker will also tee off.

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