Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have both expressed their delight that Tiger Woods will return to competitive action later this week.

Top stars relishing Woods' return

Top stars relishing Woods' return

Woods has been out of action since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, with a back problem requiring two operations in order to prolong the 14-time major winner's career.

The Florida resident has always stressed that he would only return when ready, having rushed back too soon following previous surgeries only to break down and require more time out of the game.

He has been honest with the media over the past few months when stating he had no comeback date, but finally gave the golfing fans what they wanted to hear when confirming he would tee it up at the season-opening Safeway Open in California.

Day will also be there and the world number one is glad to have the American legend back in the line-up.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him play again, seeing what the state of his game is," he said. "This time I think he's done it the right way by waiting and not coming back too soon."

McIlroy is a good friend of Woods and he too feels the USA Ryder Cup vice-captain has got his timing spot on.

"He was probably pretty close to making a comeback earlier on this year, but I think he's learned from previous years that you have to really take time to let things heal and really be a hundred per cent before getting back out here," he said.

"It will be great to see him back again. He brings an aura and an atmosphere to a tournament that no one else in golf can bring."