Golfer Tiger Woods will make his comeback to the PGA Tour next week after an eight-month layoff that saw him recovering from a knee surgery and becoming father for the second time.
He limped away from golf in June after winning the US Open in a playoff, announcing that he needed reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Unbeknownst to fans and competitors, he had won what was his 14th career major tournament with an injury that incapacitates athletes in most other sports. His wife, Elin, gave birth to their second child earlier this month.
Woods is scheduled to play for the first time on Wednesday at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona, near Tucson, PGA officials confirmed. He is the defending champion at the desert event, where he has three victories in nine career appearances.
"Elin and our new son Charlie are doing great," Woods said in a statement.
"I've enjoyed my time at home with the family and appreciate everyone's support and kind wishes. I'm now ready to play again."
PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem said that the organisation was "delighted" with the return of Woods, who is easily the tour's biggest draw.