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Tiger Woods confirms return to golf at next month's Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods confirms return to golf at next month's Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods has confirmed a return to golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month despite previously saying he would not play again this year.

Tiger Woods will end a four-month hiatus from competitive golf by playing in the Hero World Challenge in December.

The 15-time major winner confirmed on Twitter that he will compete in the 20-man annual event he hosts in the Bahamas, which begins on December 1 and marks his first start since missing The Open in July.

He will make a further appearance a week later on December 10 at ‘The Match’, a 12-hole exhibition alongside Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Tiger Woods is ready to return to golf, next month, after a long absence

Tiger Woods is ready to return to golf, next month, after a long absence

The additions to Woods’ schedule, while limited, offer a positive sign about the state of his fitness as he battles the impact of injuries sustained in a serious car accident in 2021, not least because he indicated that he may not play again this year after struggling at St Andrews in the summer.

Meanwhile, former Ryder Cup team-mates Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari were named as opposite captains for the new Hero Cup in January.

Fleetwood will lead the team of 10 British against the Europeans led by Molinari, with whom he won all four matches in the ‘Moliwood’ pairing at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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The inaugural Hero Cup, which will take place in Abu Dhabi, is designed by the DP World Tour as a Ryder Cup breeding ground that will serve to condition rising European stars for future appearances in the biennial match in the US.