That’s including Notah Begay III, who is a member of Woods’ inner circle having played golf together at Stanford University.
The 41-year-old has not played on the professional circuit since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic back in February.
And his career began to spiral down once again after being arrested for a DUI when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.
Just last week, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a bid to keep him out of jail, instead being put on probation for a year and ordered to attend a rehab programme.
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I didn’t think it was going this well, this quickly
Notah Begay III
But Begay is delighted to see Woods will return to competitive action to help him keep on the straight and narrow.
“I didn’t think it was going this well, this quickly,” he said.
“I know how much patience he has exercised in the rehabilitative process, deferring to the experts on how much and when and how often. But he’s gotten the green light.
Notah Begay III was surprised by Tiger Woods' announcement
“That’s what you have to be cautious with with Tiger – you give him the green light, he’s going to run with it.
“I’m happy for him. It’s a big part of what drives him. The fact that he still has the speed and the ability to compete with the world’s best players, it’s going to be exciting, provided he can stay healthy.”
He added: “Most of us that are close to him, I think we were coming to terms with the fact that we might never see him in a competitive arena again. It was hard to process that.”