Tiger's return: The stunning statistics

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Tiger Woods is set to make a much-anticipated return to action this week at the Safeway Open, the opening event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

Golf's dominant figure for much of the 21st century, Woods has not played competitively since August 2015 but is now ready to make his comeback after recovering from a third surgical procedure on his troublesome back.

We take a look at a selection of notable records Woods has either broken or threatened in his illustrious career to date.

MAJOR WINS

Woods famously sits second in the list of men's major winners, having now remained four shy of Jack Nicklaus' tally of 18 for more than eight years. Tiger has won both the Masters and US PGA Championship on four occasions and boasts three successes at The Open and U.S. Open.

PGA TOUR WINS

Only Sam Snead (82) has earned more wins on the PGA Tour than Woods, who claimed the last of his 79 victories at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

MOST WEEKS AT WORLD NUMBER ONE

Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks). In eight years - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 - Tiger remained atop the rankings for all 52 weeks of the year. His stint as number one between June 2005 and October 2010 - a period of 281 weeks - is another record.

CAREER EARNINGS ON PGA TOUR

Since turning professional in 1996, Woods has accrued an astonishing $110,061,012 in prize money on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson sits second on the money list, more than $28million behind his fellow American.

WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS DOMINANCE

Only three players have secured more than two career victories at World Golf Championships events. Australia's Geoff Ogilvy and Dustin Johnson each have three wins to their name, while Woods holds an astonishing 18 titles, having secured eight successes in the Bridgestone Invitational (formerly the NEC Invitational) and seven in the Cadillac Championship (formerly the American Express Championship and CA Championship).

CONSECUTIVE CUTS

Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.

RECORD SCORES IN MAJORS

Woods' record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at The Open was taken by Henrik Stenson this year, the Swede's 20-under total at Royal Troon one shot better than Tiger's winning mark at St Andrews in 2000. Woods still holds the joint-best winning score at the Masters, having finished 18 under in 1997. Jordan Spieth matched that effort last year.

CAREER GRAND SLAM WINNER

In addition to being one of only five men, together with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen, to have won golf's four majors since the introduction of the Masters in 1934, Woods held all four titles at once following his 2001 triumph at Augusta, which completed the much-vaunted 'Tiger Slam'. No player has ever won the four present majors in the same year