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"That's where I learned how to play", Woods said.

Woods says players will tee off on his first public golf course in 2019.

Former world number one Tiger Woods took the opportunity to hit a couple of golf shots at the announcement of his first public course this week but there's still no word on when he'll return to the professional scene.

"I've had three back operations and that's just kind of the nature of the business unfortunately".

At this rate, Woods, out of commission since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February following a first-round 77, may not be ready for his next comeback until the Champions Tour beckons. The camera didn't show where the second shot ended up, but it wasn't good.

Tiger Woods made an appearance at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri ahead of the Bass Pro Shops Legends Champions Tour event.

The name of the 19-hole course - that's right, "19" - will be "Payne's Valley", a tribute to the late Payne Stewart, a three-time major victor who was born in Springfield, Missouri. "I know we're struggling with it right now".

Payne's Valley is just south of the lovely Buffalo Ridge course, just north of Gary Player's new 13-hole short course.

Woods was forced to skip the Masters two weeks ago, marking the second straight year he hasn't played at Augusta. It's hard to get people access into the game, but also the sustainability of it - especially our youth.

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