Tiger Woods ready to return


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World number five Tiger Woods has confirmed he will return to action for the first two events of the FedExCup Play-Offs, starting with The Northern Trust in New Jersey next week.

The American was last in action at The Open Championship at Royal Portrush although the 43-year-old failed to make the cut. Woods struggled with the conditions, as did a large chunk of the field, and he was soon on his way back to the United States.

He is currently 27th in the FedExCup standings and must remain in the top 30 by the end of the BMW Championship if he wants to defend his Tour Championship title in Atlanta. Woods has only played in four competitive events this year, with three of them being majors.

He won The Masters in April but continues to plan his schedule carefully as he manages a back injury. However, Woods is ready to bounce back but is also refusing to set any lofty targets ahead of The Northern Trust.

“It’s just a matter of being consistent,” he said. “That’s one of the hardest things to accept as an older athlete is that you’re not going to be as consistent as you were at 23. “I’m going to have my hot weeks.

I’m going to be there in contention with a chance to win, and I will win tournaments. But there are times when I’m just not going to be there. And that wasn’t the case 20-odd years ago. I had a different body and I was able to be a little bit more consistent.”

Woods will be hoping to win another Green Jacket at Augusta National in 2020 and is 11.00 to defend his crown in Georgia.

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