Tiger Woods Back in Action After Nearly 3 Months

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Former world number-one golfer Tiger Woods of the United States is back in competition after an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg.

Woods teed it up Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

This had been the third-longest layoff of his career, during which Tiger fired his longtime caddie, saying it was time for a change And on Monday he dropped to number-28, his lowest world ranking in 14 and a half years.

It has been more than 20 months since Tiger's last victory, was which at the Australian Masters, shortly before he was exposed for having multiple extramarital affairs that led to his divorce.

Woods is playing a Firestone course where he has been quite successful. He has won seven times there, matching the most he has won on any course as a pro. However, he was at his low point on the course in the Bridgestone Invitational last year when he finished 78th in an 80-man field. Before that, Woods had never finished out of the top five on the course.

The clubhouse leader Thursday was 23-year-old Australian Jason Day at 7-under-par 63. There were five early finishers tied for second, three shots back at 66.

Woods last played May 12 when he withdrew from the Players Championship in Florida after nine holes after aggravating a strained left knee and left Achilles tendon.

While sidelined he missed two majors – the U.S. Open and the British Open.