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Tiger Woods will return to professional golf next week

By the CNN Wire Staff
Tiger Woods will be back for a tournament in Akron, Ohio, that starts August 3.
Tiger Woods will be back for a tournament in Akron, Ohio, that starts August 3.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tiger Woods withdrew from golfing in May because of injuries
  • Website and Twitter: Woods will resume professional play at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
  • Website: Woods recently began hitting practice shots again

(CNN) -- Golfer Tiger Woods returns to professional play next week, according to statements on his Twitter account and his website.

He will participate in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, which begins on August 3.

Woods withdrew from the PLAYERS Championship in May because of an injured left knee and a strained Achilles tendon. He missed the British Open earlier in July, along with the U.S. Open last month, because of his injuries.

He has since been working to rehabilitate his injuries, and recently began hitting practice shots, the statement on his website said.

The 35-year-old Woods, winner of the British Open in 2000, 2005 and 2006, also missed the 2008 tournament at Royal Birkdale following reconstructive knee surgery after his U.S. Open victory a month earlier.

But Woods hasn't won a tournament since he took a break from the game after revelations about his private life emerged.

Woods divorced Elin Nordegren, his wife of six years, in August 2010 after admitting to transgressions in his private life and following reports of extramarital affairs.

He also recently fired his caddie, Steve Williams, who worked for him for 12 years.