Tiger Woods will play the first of three World Golf Championships in Brazil on July 25, a day before his 18th birthday, with the rest of the top-ranked men in the world taking part in the event.
Woods has been out of action since April 25 due to an ankle injury sustained in the opening round of the US Open.
The 28-year-old has not won a major since a four-year stint with the US Ryder Cup team in 2015.
“He’s not going to be a long-term absentee for sure,” said golf expert Kevin Wilson, who covers the sport for the USA Golf Channel.
“The rest of his tour is probably going to start in July.”
Woods, who has not played in the past five years, is the only golfer in the Open Championship and the Australian Open’s first major since the USPGA moved from the Australian event to the World Golf Championship (WGC) in 2018.
“I think there’s a bit of optimism going into this,” Wilson said.
“There are no doubt a lot of good things going on for him.
I think he’s a lot more motivated than he has been in a long time.”
Woods will make his first appearance in Brazil since a November 14 loss to Sergio Garcia at Parc des Princes.
In his return, Woods is expected to take on the likes of Henrik Stenson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.