29 Jul 2011

Tiger Woods returning to PGA next week

7:03 pm on 29 July 2011

Golf's former world number one Tiger Wood will return to competition at next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio

Woods has missed the last two major championships because of leg injuries and hasn't played tournament golf since he pulled out of the Players Championship in May after completing just nine holes.

He's a seven-times winner of the event at Firestone Country Club and says he's fit and eager to get back on the course, where he tied for 78th last year, the first time he had ever finished outside the top four at the elite event.

The 14-times major champion, hurt his left knee ligaments and Achilles tendon during the Masters in April.

In addition, he will have a new caddie at next week's Bridgestone Invitational, having fired his long-time bagman Steve Williams before last month's AT&T National.

New Zealander Williams, who had been a regular caddie for Woods since 1999, has recently been carrying the bag for Australia's Adam Scott.