Woods 'getting after it' on comeback trail

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Tiger Woods retains the passion to compete on the golf course, his agent insists, as the sport's former dominant force nears his comeback from injury.

Woods is pencilled in to take part at the Hero World Challenge next month, 67 weeks after his last competitive outing at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

The 14-time major winner finished four shots off eventual winner Davis Love III at Sedgefield, though his performance was a vast improvement on a career-high round of 85 at the Memorial Tournament just two months previously.

He has since spent more than a year rehabilitating from back surgery, acting as a vice-captain for USA's Ryder Cup win at Hazeltine and promoting the 20th anniversary of his charity foundation.

Having aborted a planned comeback at the Safeway Open in October due to fears over his "vulnerable" game, the world number 861 appears to be ready to resume his storied career.

Representative Mark Steinberg told ESPN: "He's getting after it a bit more, continuing to work toward that goal and excited to get back out there and compete, see the guys and be in the locker room instead of being an assistant captain.

"The determination is still there. We've still got two weeks to go, but he is doing the things necessary to get himself as ready as he can be, but it's going to be 15 months since the last time he played competitively.''

Steinberg, however, remained guarded on Woods' physical condition heading into Albany.

"Those are questions he'll answer and he can certainly give a better perspective than me; and they'll be more relevant two weeks from now'."