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Tiger Woods to return to golf after back surgery

Tiger Woods has announced that he will return to competitive golf next week following back surgery.

Tiger Woods has announced that he will return to competitive golf next week following back surgery.
Tiger Woods has announced that he will return to competitive golf next week following back surgery. Credit: Reuters

The 38-year-old pro golfer, who has been out of the sport since March, wrote on his Facebook page: "After a lot of therapy I have recovered well and will be supporting my foundation next week at the Quicken Loans National.

"I've just started to hit full shots but it's time to take the next step. I will be a bit rusty but I want to play myself back into competitive shape. Excited for the challenge ahead."

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Westwood begins final bid for victory at The Open

Lee Westwood is looking to close in on a first Major title at The Open Championship at Muirhead. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The English golfer led the scoreboard by two shots heading into today's final round. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Westwood has teed off and will play the final round with American Hunter Mahan. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Westwood chases first Major victory at The Open

Lee Westwood takes a two-shot lead over Americans Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods into the final round. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Lee Westwood could cap a remarkable weekend for British sport with his first Major victory at The Open Championship at Muirfield.

The Englishman leads the field heading into the final day's play at the Scottish course.

British sports fans will also have Chris Froome's impending Tour de France win and England potentially wrapping up victory in the second Ashes Test to cheer today.

For all the Tour de France latest, visit the ITV Sport website

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Lee Westwood tops Open leaderboard after third day

Lee Westwood will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 142nd Open Championship after a rollercoaster third day at Muirfield.

That means Tiger Woods will have to make history to win his 15th major title and deny the Englishman a first at the 62nd attempt after failing to keep pace with his playing partner on a dramatic afternoon.

Lee Westwood currently has a two-shot lead at Muirfield. Credit: Press Association

Westwood carded an eagle and three birdies in a round of 70 that left him atop the leaderboard on three under par, with Woods (72) and fellow American Hunter Mahan (68) the only other players in red figures on one under.

"I know what to expect tomorrow," Westwood said. "I know what to do, I know what it takes.

"It's just a case of believing you are good enough to win. When you analyse it, you don't want to say it, but tomorrow is just another 18 holes. I'm playing well and putting well and there's no reason why I can't carry on.

Beckham is the 'richest man in British sport'

David Beckham in Berlin
David Beckham in Berlin Credit: Daniel Modjesch/DPA/Press Association Images

David Beckham is the richest British sportsman in the world as he tops the Sunday Times Sport Rich List(£).

The footballer who currently plays for Paris St Germain has amassed a personal fortune of £165 million, not including his wife's personal fortune of an estimated £35 million.

Wayne Rooney is currently the richest Barclay's Premier League player with a personal fortune of £51 million.

But both footballers are very far away from the world's richest sportsman - Tiger Woods, who is worth £570 million.

Tiger Woods reclaims golf's world number one ranking

Tiger Woods seen teeing off at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida. Credit: ABACA

Tiger Woods has reclaimed golf's world number one ranking for the first time since 2010.

The 37-year-old won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill today - his 77th PGA Tour win and third in five starts this season.

Woods took a break from the sport in 2010 to recover from the fallout of a string of extramarital affairs.

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