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Wednesday 30th of November 2016

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WEDNESDAY 30.11.16 SUBSCRIBE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS WEEKLY STATS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 www.irishgolfer.ie CONTACT US Match Play Media Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, Golf House, Buckley's Lane, Main Street Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Denis Kirwin, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: www.golffile.ie, R&A, Pat Cashman, Getty Images, USGA Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2016. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. I t's all about Tiger as the 14-time major champ re- turns from a 15-month absence this week. Although only 18 players will be teeing it up at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, all of them bar Woods are ranked in the top 40 in the world rankings with 16 in the top 30 and six in the top 10. Tiger's current world ranking how- ever is a lowly 898, sandwiched in between the lesser known Sean Riordan and Simon Yates. The 18-man, no-cut event isn't an official PGA Tour event, but it counts toward Official World Ranking Points so that's some good news for Woods. While Riordan and Yates aren't playing in the Hero World Challenge, the Irish world ranking stats guru @Nos- feratu on Twitter has crunched the numbers and came up with some staggering scenarios for Woods this week. Just for completing four rounds Woods is guaranteed to move up about 150 spots. If he beats about half of the field and finishes 10th, Woods would climb about 350 spots. A fifth- place finish would move him up 450 spots, and if he goes out and wins the event, he could vault up as high as No. 125! In his last start on the PGA Tour, Woods was ranked 257th follow- ing a T-10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Two back surger- ies and 15 months later, the entire golf world will stop to see which Tiger turns up in the Bahamas. Yes- terday, after 9 holes with Justin Rose, Woods told reporters that he is "ready to go," and that he "can hit all the shots now, on call." But if he can simply play all the rounds, he'll take a big first step on his journey back to the top of the rankings. The world ranked 898th player returns to action THE RETURN OF THE TIGER

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