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Woods to end 11-week hiatus at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods is to re-enter the golfing world by playing in next week’s Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Ohio.

The former No1 has been out of action since May 12 with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a strained Achilles’ tendon. His last competitive play was in the Players Championship where the 35-year-old pulled out midway through his first round.

“I’m excited to get back out there,” Woods said on his personal website.

The tournament is won that he has achieved notable success in the past, winning the WGC event seven times. Indeed his last tournament win came at Firestone in 2009.

One of the big questions surrounding Woods, aside from his form, will be the identity of his caddie.

Having sacked his long time bagman Steve Williams earlier this month, Woods has been coy about revealing who his new partner might be.

Golf Digest reported that his childhood friend Bryon Bell, who caddied for Woods in his final United States Amateur championship victory in 1996, would be appointed to be a temporary fix – but that has yet to be confirmed by Woods’ camp.

What is known for sure is that all the top players will be at Firestone: US Open champ Rory McIlroy, British Open- winner Darren Clarke,  the world's top ranked golfers in Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

And now you can add Tiger Woods to that list.

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