Tiger Woods planning comeback at Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods has announced that he is returning to professional golf to play at the Hero World Challenge, which begins on December 1 in the Bahamas.

The 14-time major champion hasn't played since last August and was due to play in the Safeway Open a few weeks ago before pulling out.

He released a statement regarding his last minute exit in which he said: “My game is vulnerable and it’s not where it needs to be.”

Woods has been out of action since requiring back surgery shortly after playing in the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which led to a follow-up procedure last October.

However, he confirmed today that he would be making his return to the sport at the Hero World Challenge next month, an event that he is also hosting.

"I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament," Woods said.

"This is our 18th year, and every year we put together a top field that showcases the best golfers from the previous season."

Woods, who has dropped to 831st in the world rankings, will be one of 18 players competing in the event with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith and Justin Rose are all included in the field.

However, World No.1 Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are both expected to miss the event.

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