Former world number one Woods has not played in nine months after his troublesome back injury flared up again, leading to a fourth surgery in April to remove a disk that was causing nerve pain.
Woods will make an eagerly awaited comeback at the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he has won five times, and will do alongside US PGA Championship victor Thomas
It marks the first time Thomas, who has six PGA Tour wins in the past 13 months, will play with Woods.
"We watched him just tear apart golf tournaments ... That's when I was like, you know, I want to be playing against Tiger." - @JustinThomas34
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Earlier this week, Woods revealed he was playing pain free.
"The fact that I don't have any pain in my lower back anymore compared to what I was living with for years, it's just remarkable," he said.
Photo by: Getty Images. Caption: Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion