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Eyes all over the world are on Tiger Woods this week.
The fifteen-time major champion is making a competitive return to action in the Bahamas, as he hosts the Hero World Challenge.
But it appears there is no holding Woods back, with his sights set firmly on a productive 2024.
Despite competing in the 20-man event after eight months on the sidelines, the 47-year-old is confident he can play up to six times next year.
Speaking on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio, host Taylor Zarzour said: “I have talked to a number of people in South Florida that have been around Tiger lately, he’s not limping as much as he was.
“He’s walking much better and he’s telling people that he thinks he can play five or six tournaments in 2024.
“And that walking won’t be as much of a problem as it has been in the last couple of years.”
Woods has not played since withdrawing from the Masters in April and has since been recovering from the subtalar fusion surgery he underwent in New York.
A space had been left in the field, teasing fans of a return this month, as opposed to potentially waiting until the PNC Championship in December.
But he revealed he is “completely pain free” in his right ankle and could make an appearance at Albany as part of the exclusive field.
He said: “My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever. That pain is completely gone.”
Woods had committed to play in the event last year, but withdrew on the eve of the tournament, citing a foot injury.
For company in the $3.5 million event, Woods will be joined by the likes of Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and Jordan Spieth.
He will then tee it up with son Charlie at the PGA Tour’s team event in Orlando for the fourth consecutive year.
Looking ahead to next year, Woods could at least feature in the four major championships, as well as the Players Championship in March.
Another likely candidate is the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, in which Woods will host.
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