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Sunday 21 December 2014

Tiger Woods out to rediscover his swing

Fighting fit: Tiger Woods makes his return from injury this week
Fighting fit: Tiger Woods makes his return from injury this week

Tiger Woods will command the headlines as the former world number one returns to competitive golf at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional this week.

The 14-time major winner has been out of action for the past three months after undergoing back surgery in March.

The Masters and the US Open, the first two majors of the year, are among the 15 tournaments he has missed during his lay-off.

Woods had originally targeted a return at next month's Open Championship at Hoylake but is ahead of schedule in his recovery and is now aiming to make up for lost time.

He may not yet be ready to set any specific victory targets but chief among his aims is qualifying for the PGA Tour's FedExCup play-offs. The 38-year-old has eight weeks to climb from 209 in the current standings into the top 125 places.

Woods, who has slipped to fifth in the world rankings, said: "I am actually ahead of schedule where everyone thought I would be at.

"We thought it was going to be the Open which would be my first event back but I healed fast.

"I am just trying to get into the play-offs."

Woods – a two-time former winner of the event – will play the first two rounds alongside world number six Jason Day and youngster Jordan Spieth.

Spieth, 20, finished tied second at the Masters in April and joint fourth at The Players Championship last month.

Woods said: "Jordan Spieth has been playing great. To have done this well this fast and been consistent is great – he seems to be having top 10s every week."

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