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Tiger Woods: don't write me off just yet

HOPEFUL: American tennis legend Tiger Woods

GOLF LEGEND Tiger Woods has told observers of the game not to write him off. The former world number one has declared that he is "ready to go" as he prepares for his return to competitive golf after almost 16 months out.

"I'm not dead. I'm ready to go," he told ESPN. "I'm nervous for every tournament I play in, whether it's after a lay-off, or six in a row, or a major.

The 40-year-old is making a belated comebacktournament in the Bahamas this week having pulled out of the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in October three days before the event, stating his game was "vulnerable".

Woods has arrived in the Bahamas for his own hosting of the Hero World Challenge, an event which carries world ranking points and an £800,000 first prize.

"I care. If I care, I'm nervous and it's good to be that way. To have that nervous energy and channel it into aggression, into focus, concentration - that's good stuff.

"If I wasn't nervous, that would mean I didn't care. I don't want to be out there flat."

Woods, who has been absent since August 2015 after two back operations, has slumped to 879th in the world and his comeback has had the added complication of having to find new clubs.

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