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Saturday, 18 November 2023 21:35

Tiger Woods to return to competitive golf for first time since The Masters.

Staff Reporter.

Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf for the first time since The Masters when he plays at the Hero World Challenge later this month.

The 15-time major winner is host of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, a 20-player invitational event that begins on November 30.

Woods will take the 20th and final playing place in the PGA Tour event.

He is joined by exemptions Justin Rose and Lucas Glover, while the likes of Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland are also taking part.

The TGR Live, which runs golf events related to Woods' TGR charity, confirmed his participation in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Woods withdrew in the third round of the Masters in April and had surgery later that month to treat arthritis linked to injuries suffered in the 2021 car crash that sidelined him for nearly 14 months.

He has struggled to walk courses for four rounds since the accident, but recently he caddied for son Charlie in a 54-hole tournament.

Speaking earlier this month, he said he was now pain free in his ankle but that other problems had emerged.

Woods said: "My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever. That pain is completely gone. It's the other areas that have been compensated for."

Woods shares the record for PGA Tour victories with Sam Snead at 82.

TGL, run by TMRW Sports, the technology-focused sports company established by Woods and Rory McIlroy in 2022, will feature events played over 15 holes combining a simulator with actual shots to a green that can change contours depending on the shot.