Woods to end 3-month layoff at Firestone

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods returns to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg.

Woods announced the decision on his website on Thursday.

On his Twitter account, Woods says he's "feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!"

It marks the third-longest layoff of his career, only this time Woods returns with as much uncertainty about his future as ever. Along with questions about the strength of his left knee and Achilles', he embarks on this latest comeback with a new caddie.

Woods has plunged to No. 21 in the world -- his lowest ranking since Jan. 26, 1997.