"The mindset is to go out and beat these guys" - Tiger Woods is gearing up for his comeback

The 14-time major champion is setting out his goals for his return to competitive action

"The mindset is to go out and beat these guys" - Tiger Woods is gearing up for his comeback

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Tiger Woods is making his return to golf this week after the longest break in his career.

A back injury forced him out of action and accounting for his failed attempt at a return last month, it's over a year since the 14-time major winner was fully involved in a tournament, finishing joint 10th at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

His recovery to full fitness has been a gruelling one. Last year, he feared his golfing days were through and often needed assistance getting out of bed.

Woods is aiming make another challenge at a return this week when he tees up at the Hero World Challenge. Speaking ahead of the tournament, Woods said:

"I'm gonna give it my best, I'm gonna focus. I'm gonna do what I can do and put the ball in the correct spots and try and bury these puts and post scores, get myself in that mix come Sunday afternoon. I know that's a tall order since I've been away from the game for so long. I've made a lot of different changes to my game.

"The mindset is to go out and beat these guys, I know they're gonna go try and beat me. I'm setting out on phase two in my life, I call it phase two because I can't play this game forever at a competitive high level. Would I love to? Yes. Guys have played into their 70's and 80's but they're not competing at world class events. You can still play golf for a lifetime and I want to play golf for a lifetime but I know I can't compete out there for a lifetime."