Tiger Woods to re­turn in the Ba­hamas

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it again, Tiger Woods.

For the se­cond straight year, Woods will re­turn from back surgery at his hol­i­day tour­na­ment in the Ba­hamas the week af­ter Thanks­giv­ing.

Woods has not played since he with­drew from the Dubai Desert Clas­sic on Feb. 3 with back spasms. Two months later, he had his fourth back surgery in just over two years.

Woods will be part of the 18-man field at the Hero World Chal­lenge, which starts Nov. 30 at Al­bany Golf Club. While spon­sor ex­emp­tions are lim­ited to the top 50 in the world, Woods is ex­empt as the tour­na­ment host.

His lat­est pro­ce­dure was a fu­sion surgery — the pre­vi­ous three were mi­crodis­cec­tomy surg­eries — and Woods re­ported in­stant re­lief. He also said just one month ago at the Pres­i­dents Cup that he had no idea what his fu­ture held.

Doc­tors gave him clear­ance to prac­tice with­out lim­i­ta­tions about a week later, and Woods had been post­ing video on Twit­ter of a full swing with an iron, a driver and then his sig­na­ture stinger shot with the driver.

“I am ex­cited to re­turn to com­pet­i­tive golf at the Hero World Chal­lenge,” Woods said in a story on his web­site. “Al­bany is the per­fect set­ting and it will be great to join this out­stand­ing field.” The tour­na­ment has no cut.

A year ago, Woods re­turned af­ter 15 months re­cov­er­ing from two back surg­eries. He made 24 birdies, but fin­ished 15th out of 18 play­ers. The tour­na­ment is not of­fi­cial on any tour, al­though it does award world rank­ing points.

He made his first PGA Tour start at Tor­rey Pines and missed the cut, and then went to Dubai and didn’t make it past the first round be­fore his back be­gan act­ing up.

Woods made the an­nounce­ment just three days af­ter he pleaded guilty to reck­less driv­ing in a deal that al­lows him to avoid jail time if he doesn’t vi­o­late terms of his pro­ba­tion.

The deal stems from a Me­mo­rial Day arrest on a DUI charge when Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his car, which was still run­ning and parked at an awk­ward an­gle about 15 min­utes from his home in Florida.

Woods at­trib­uted it to a bad com­bi­na­tion of pre­scrip­tion medicine.

Ac­cord­ing to a tox­i­col­ogy re­port, Woods had the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent for mar­i­juana, two painkillers, the sleep drug Am­bien and the anti-anx­i­ety drug Xanax in his sys­tem.

He com­pleted a drug treat­ment pro­gram in July. Woods has 79 PGA Tour vic­to­ries and 14 ma­jors, both se­cond all-time, though he has not won since the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional in Au­gust 2013 for his record 18th World Golf Cham­pi­onships title.

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