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Woods fired up for return after 16 months on sidelines

By Phil Casey

Tiger Woods will end a 16-month absence from competitive golf next month at his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Woods, 40, has been missing from the course since undergoing a pair of back operations last September, cancelling several planned comebacks.

The 14-time Major winner now intends to take part in the event - which starts on December 2 - he hosts and has won on five occasions.

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

Woods, who will line up in a strong 18-man field including defending champion Bubba Watson, continued: "This is our 18th year, and every year we put together a top field that showcases the best golfers from the previous season.

"Albany is an outstanding setting, and I can't thank Hero MotoCorp enough for their support of the tournament and my foundation."

Three of this year's Major winners - Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker - will also be at the Hero World Challenge, as will World No.5 Jordan Spieth.

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