Tiger Woods who has not played a tournament since missing the cut in the US PGA Championship, is set to return to competition on Thursday at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club near San Jose.
Since November 2009, the former no. 1 has not won a tournament and that slipped his rankings outside the world’s top 50 list. Woods had been in the top 50 since 1996.
“I’m excited to be back,” Woods said on his official website. “I’ve had good practice sessions at home and am eager to get back under the gun.”
The 35 year old Woods, is believed to be in good form after shooting a round of 62 over his home course in Florida last week.
In his return to competition Woods has hired a new caddie, Joe LaCava after the latter decided to leave, Dustin Johnson and join him.
Woods, who was due to speak to the media after taking part in today’s pro-am, will be hoping to prove that the hard work he has put in with coach Sean Foley has paid off. Woods is determined to recapture his old form of yesteryear.
In a new development and a boost in the arm to a declining career, Woods has his first major endorsement since his downfall two years ago, announcing a deal Wednesday with Rolex to be one of its ambassadors.
Rolex has paid tribute to the American golfer’s ‘exceptional stature’ and stating they are ‘convinced Tiger Woods still has a long career ahead of him’.
The Rolex deal is far more significant, as it was announced the day Woods returned to the PGA Tour at the Frys.com Open.