Woods to return to competitive golf in late November

Tiger Woods has announced that he will make his long-awaited return at his very own Hero World Challenge at the end of November.

The former world number one made the announcement on Twitter overnight following a nine-month hiatus after his fourth round of back surgeries.

Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama Tournament host Tiger Woods with 2016 winner Hideki Matsuyama (Credit: PGA Tour)

“I’d like to thank the committee of 1 for picking myself and Daniel Berger to play in this years,” Woods joked on Twitter.

Woods has played just 19 starts since 2013 when he won five PGA Tour titles and finished on top of the money list with close to $9 million.

“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said.

“Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation.”

“I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”

“It would be fun to have him back,” Brooks Koepka said. “Fans want it. Players want it.”

The Hero World Challenge will include the current world’s top four players including Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas.

Jason Day and Marc Leishman will fly the flag for the Australian field.