Former World No 1 Tiger Woods will be playing competitive golf off for the first time in two months on this week in the Open, and he will be playing alongside South African Louis Oosthuizen for the first two rounds.

Woods hasn’t won a golf tournament in nearly two years and is looking to gain some form before the Presidents Cup in November.

Woods has fallen to 51st in the world rankings after missing a lot of the season because of injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon.

Joining Oosthuizen and Woods will be 19-year-old college golf star Patrick Cantlay who has four top-25 finishes this year.

Ernie Els will be playing with American Justin Leonard and Argentine Angel Cabrera to form a trio of past Major champions. Els has not cracked the top 10 on the PGA Tour this year yet.

The fall series events are usually reserved for players who are trying to secure their spots in the top 125 on the PGA Tour moneylist.

Woods is taking part even though he is no danger of losing his card, because of a request by American Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples for Woods to get as much golf under his belt as possible.