Tiger Woods targets competitive return in December

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    • Tiger Woods to make long-awaited comeback
    • 40-year-old to play first event in 16 months
    • Taking part in his own charity tournament

    (CNN)It's been a long old wait, with a false start along the way, but Tiger Woods has confirmed he will return to competitive golf action in December.

    The 14-time major champion revealed Tuesday that he will appear in his Hero World Challenge tournament at the Albany resort in the Bahamas between December 1-4 after 16 months out through injury.
      "I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament," Woods said in a statement released on the charity event's website.
      Woods had been expected to return at the Safeway Open in Napa, California, in October but withdrew from the 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opener after "a lot of soul searching" led him to the conclusion that he was "not yet ready to play."
      Although he has spent a prolonged period away from competitive action, Woods was a vice-captain as the US Ryder Cup team defeated their European rivals at Hazeltine Golf Club in Minnesota last month.
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      He has also hinted in recent weeks that he was on his way back, although he "still had work to do."
      The 40-year-old former has suffered from a series of injuries and back surgeries which led to a sharp drop in form and ranking. He last played in a competitive tournament in August 2015.
      Woods has not won a PGA Tour event since the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013, but remains keen to add to his total of 79 titles and close in on Sam Snead's all-time record of 82.
      He also joked in October that he still had eyes on trumping Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 career majors.
      The $3.5 million Hero World Challenge competition, with a first prize of $1 million, is hosted by Woods and raises funds for his children's charity.
      It features the four reigning major champions, the top 11 players available from the world rankings, the defending champion -- Bubba Watson -- and two special exemption players.