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Woods excited to be making return

Tiger Woods
Woods's wife recently gave birth to their second child

Tiger Woods has said he is looking forward to making his comeback from injury at next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

But the 33-year-old, who has not played since undergoing knee surgery after the US Open, admitted he has some concerns.

"I think it's whether or not my game's sharp," said the world number one.

"It's one thing to do it in a practice environment at home, it's a different deal to do it in a PGA Tour event against the best players in the world."

Woods is the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship defending champion and won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.

He will begin his defence against world number 64, Australian Brendan Jones.

Woods only ever enters events he thinks he can win so from that we can deduce he truly believes he is fully fit

BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter

"I'm really looking forward to getting back, getting out there and competing again," said the American, who celebrated the birth of his second child earlier this month

"It's been obviously a long time, so now is the time for me to get out there and start playing again.

"Nothing changes from every time I enter, and that's to win. That's my intent, to go in there and win, and nothing has ever changed.

"Getting out there and competing again and feeling the adrenalin, feeling the rush of competing and playing again, all of that. I haven't done that in a while."

Woods beat Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of their play-off to land the 2008 US Open despite having a knee injury and a double stress fracture of his left lower leg.

He announced soon after that he would need reconstructive knee surgery.

His swing coach, Hank Haney, helped him during his rehabilitation and Woods began hitting full shots again in the middle of December.

"I've been trying to make changes in my golf swing and one of the great things about coming back was with the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), my bones aren't moving any more," added Woods.


"That's a very comforting feeling, hitting a golf ball and not having your bones slide all over the place. One, it didn't feel good, and two, it caused a lot of pain.

"It's been very exciting to be able to play that way and I'm really looking forward to the season."

Woods's fellow American and world number Anthony Kim 11, competing this week at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, commented: "It's great for golf. I'm sure ticket sales will go right up.

"He's a friend of mine, so I'll be glad to see him and I'm sure his golf game will be top-notch. We'll see if I have the chance to play against him next week."

England's world number 23 Paul Casey added: "I think we need him. It keeps the sponsors happy, which is a very important factor.

"He wouldn't be back if he wasn't fit and well and that could be quite ominous because he'll be raring to go.

"He's going to be better than he was before."

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