Tiger to return at Hero World Challenge - Woods' comeback in Opta numbers

Tiger Woods has not played competitive golf in more than 15 months, but he is set for a return at the Hero World Challenge starting Thursday.

The 14-time major champion has spent more than a year rehabilitating from back surgery and aborted a planned comeback at the Safeway Open in October due to fears over his "vulnerable" game.

But Woods appears ready to test his mettle again at a PGA Tour event that he hosts, and - with the help of Opta - we look at the key statistics behind his long-awaited return.


- If Woods tees it up at the Hero World Challenge, it will have been exactly 466 days since his last competitive appearance, on August 23 2015 at the Wyndham Championship when he finished tied-10th. It will also be his first tournament since he turned 40 last December.

- This 466-day period will have been his longest lay-off since he turned professional in 1996. 

- He is ranked number 898 (as of November 28) in the world, his lowest ranking since turning professional in 1996.

- Woods holds the record for most weeks at number one in the world: 683. That is the equivalent of 13 years at the top.

- His last competitive victory was more than three years ago - in August 2013 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

- Woods has won 14 majors but none since the 2008 U.S. Open. Only Jack Nicklaus has won more (18).

- Woods is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus) to have won all four professional major championships in his career.

- Just 8.4 per cent of golf majors have been won by players aged 40 or over (37 out of 439). Since 2000, only five players have completed that feat: Vijay Singh, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson.

- Woods has also won 79 PGA Tour events, second only to Sam Snead (82), and six ahead of Nicklaus (73).

- Woods holds the all-time PGA Tour record for most consecutive cuts made, with 142. The streak started in 1998 and ended in 2005.

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