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Tiger Woods will play his first round of competitive golf in 466 days on Thursday when he tees off in the Hero World Challenge, and while the Nassau, Bahamas, tournament is not an official PGA Tour event, there will be plenty of curious golf fans tuning in to watch.

Woods is unlikely win against a world-class field that includes recent major championship winers Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson and Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed. But can he even somewhat resemble the player who won 14 majors and dominated the sport for the better part of a decade until his body started to break down?

He will no doubt have plenty of rust to shake off. Woods, who for years held the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, has plummeted to No. 898 as he vanished from the sport. Woods has more back victories (three) than victories (zero) since 2014, so just completing the four rounds without any recurrences might represent a successful tournament.

“To get back out here at this level has been a challenge,” Woods told reporters. “A lot of hard work, an extreme inordinate amount of patience, which as you all know is not exactly one of my hallmarks. So I’ve had to exercise that more so than usual, but it’s allowed me to get to this point where I’m able to compete.”

Here’s how to watch:
Round 1 — Thursday

Starting time: 11 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Golf Channel

Live stream: Golf Live Extra

Woods tee time: 12 p.m.
Round 2 — Friday

Starting time: 11 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Golf Channel

Live stream: Golf Live Extra