The 15-month layoff and recovery ends Thursday for Tiger Woods.

Once the world's top golfer, Woods will return to competition at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Woods, who turns 41 this month, had two back surgeries and just a year ago he feared he'd never play again. But the golfer who has won 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors said his strength and power are back.

"I'm going to try to win this thing," said Woods. 

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