Tiger Woods‘ comeback from injury will get underway at around 6.40pm (BST) this evening, as he tees off at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods has been paired with British Open champion Darren Clarke at Firestone Country Club in Ohio, USA, and will have childhood friend Bryon Bell caddying for him, having ended his long-standing relationship with Steve Williams in July.
Woods has not won a tournament since 2009 and is now ranked 28 in the world, but appears to have put his injury problems firmly behind him.
“I’m excited – excited to compete, to play and hopefully win the golf tournament,” he said. “The great thing is I don’t feel a thing. It feels solid, it feels stable, no pain.
“One of the reasons why I took as long as I did to come back is that I want to get to this point where I can go ahead and start playing golf again like this.
“It’s been a very long time, and it feels good to be able to go out there today and hit balls like this, go practise and feel nothing and walk around and pretty much do anything I want on the golf course.”