Woods to return to action next week at Players Championship, knee better

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Tiger Woods is down to seventh in the world rankings after 18 months without a victory.
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Published: Friday, May 06, 2011 | 4:17 p.m.

Tiger Woods is returning to competition at the Players Championship.

A PGA Tour official confirms that Woods has entered tournament, which starts next Thursday. Woods won the Players in 2001, but it is the one tournament where he has finished out of the top 20 the most times.

Woods decided not to play the Wells Fargo Championship this week because of what he called a minor injury to his left knee from hitting a shot in the third round at the Masters. His coach, Sean Foley, says he has been walking in a protective boot.

Woods is down to seventh in the world rankings after 18 months without a victory.

Last year at Sawgrass, Woods withdrew six holes into the final round with a neck injury, but was way down the field at the time.

World No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 6 Rory McIlroy, neither of them members of the PGA Tour this season, have both decided to skip the Players Championship.