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Tiger Woods sends powerful message to his doubters after 16 months out

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Former world number one Tiger Woods will soon make his highly-anticipated comeback after 16 months out - and he has a message ahead of his return.

After months of rehabilitation, including two surgeries on his back, the 40-year-old has begun preparations to get back on to the course.

Speaking at the Hero World Challenge, in the Bahamas, he said: "I'm not dead. I'm ready to go.

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"I'm nervous for every tournament I play in, whether it's after a lay-off, or six in a row, or a major.

"I care. If I care, I'm nervous and it's good to be that way. To have that nervous energy and channel it into aggression, into focus, concentration - that's good stuff.

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"If I wasn't nervous, that would mean I didn't care. I don't want to be out there flat."

Woods has been away from golf since August 2015, during which time he has plummeted to 879 in the world.

He's now on the lookout for new clubs after his Nike contract was terminated.

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"The most important thing is the ball," he added. "Once you find a ball, then you can work around everything else."

Woods was forced to pull out of the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in October three days before the event but believes it was the right decision.

"It was a good decision in the end. The competitor inside me wanted to go so badly and was itching to go.

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"I had played feeling worse but what's the point in rushing back when I've waited over a year to begin with?

"I've waited this long. It's not going to hurt to wait just this much longer.

"I'm out here playing and competing. That part is really neat. Then there is that part of me that is the competitor who wants to beat these guys. I want to compete."

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