LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed.
The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.
Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.
Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron.
During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.