Legendary golfer Tiger Woods has spoken of plans to return to the golf course at the Hero World Challenge in December of this year.
The 14-time major tournament winner has spent the last 14-months out of professional competition due to an injury he sustained in 2015 to his back that required a second surgery, following an initial surgery in 2014.
Woods has suffered a large number of injuries throughout his 20-year professional career in golf, dating right the way back to his college days.
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His first surgery on record was the removal of a benign tumor in 1994, and since then a further 14 items have been added to an injury list that includes four Achilles tendon problems occurring between 2008 and 2012.
Woods was originally scheduled to return back to the PGA tour earlier this month at the Safeway Open in California, but he cancelled the event stating on his official website that his game was not yet ready for professional competition.
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The American sports icon also cancelled next month's Turkish Airlines Open, which is being held at the Carya Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey, for the same reason.
Despite the two cancellations, in an interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the former world number one said he is making good progress with regard to his golf game and gave confirmation that he would be competing at the Hero World Challenge, which is hosted by himself and is owned by his charity foundation.
The 2016 edition of the event is to be hosted in the Bahamas and will be played between December 1 and 4.
In an interview published on Sky Sports, Woods said: "I'll be there. I'm playing."
"I'm not quite there, where I feel like I can shoot 63s and 64s in tournaments. I'm shooting the low rounds at home. But I just don't quite feel ready to shoot those type scores under tournament conditions."
Woods - now aged 40 - is currently four wins shy of Jack Nicklaus' record number of 18 major titles, but despite sinking to 802nd in the world rankings as a result of a long absence from the sport, Woods told the Charlie Rose show that he still intends to break that record.
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