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Tiger Woods set for Aussie Open
The Tiger Woods comeback trail continues following the announcement that he will play in the 2011 Australian Open, a week before the Presidents Cup in November. His first appearance in Sydney since his first year as a professional player.

"I haven't played in the tournament since 1996 and I'm anxious to return," Woods said. "I have a great affinity for playing golf in Australia and I'm looking forward to competing against an outstanding field."

Golf Australia announced Monday that Woods will join a stellar list of players at The Lakes in Sydney on Nov. 10-13 including Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, defending champ Geoff Ogilvy and the Presidents Cup captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples.

The announcement suggests that Woods is confident in the long-term prospects of his injured leg and feels he has returned to full health.

The former No1 and now current No28 in the world is due to compete at Firestone in Ohio this week, in his first return to the PGA Tour since mid-May. While victorious, Woods has had a torrid time since he last winning visit to Australia.

The 14-time major champion played and won the 2009 Australian Masters in Melbourne but has since gone 20 months without a title.

Twelve days after that win, Woods was involved in the infamous car crash outside his home in Florida that began the tumultuous upheaval of his personal life.

In his last visit to Australia, Woods tied for fourth in 2010 Australian Masters. The 35-year-old's last trip to Sydney was for his ninth tournament as a pro at the 1996 Australian Open where he tied for fifth.


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