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Tiger Woods Enters First Competition Since the Masters - But It's Not in the United States

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Tiger Woods showed he could walk recently while caddying for his son. Now he has decided he is fit enough to try to play.

Woods announced on social media Saturday that he will be playing in the Hero World Challenge, which starts Nov. 30 at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

It will be his first time competing since he withdrew before the third round of the Masters after battling the wind and cold while playing on an injured right leg.

The 20-man Hero World Challenge is for the top 50 in the world ranking, though the tournament host — Woods — is exempt.

Woods said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that his right ankle is pain-free after being fused in a surgery in April following the Masters.

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“My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever,” Woods said. “That pain is completely gone. It’s the other areas that have been compensated for.”

Woods recently caddied for his son, Charlie, at the Notah Begay III Junior Golf Championship, sparking speculation that he was close to playing again.

Woods will be playing the Hero World Challenge for the first time since 2019. The holiday event was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then he badly damaged his right leg in a February 2021 car crash that threatened to end his career.

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He returned a year later at the Masters and made the cut, and he played in two more majors, including what figures to be his final appearance at St. Andrews in the British Open.

He has said his tournament play would be limited, and he played only the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, which he hosts, and the Masters this year before having surgery on his ankle.

Woods has not won since the Zozo Championship in Japan in the fall of 2019, the year he won the Masters for his 15th major.

The Hero World Challenge is 72 holes with no cut.

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