Spieth calls for patience over Woods

Jordan Spieth hopes golf fans will be patient over Tiger Woods’ return to action at this week’s Hero Challenge.

Woods ends a spell of more than a year on the sidelines when he participates at the Bahamas-held tournament after finally recovering sufficiently from two back operations.

The 40-year-old has dropped to 898th in the world rankings during his spell away from the game, although he still hopes to add to his 14 major titles.

But world number five Spieth is not expecting Woods to return to form overnight and has attempted to play down expectations for his fellow American.

"I think he has accepted the fact he will be patient,” said Spieth.

"Like anybody that takes off a year and a half, you don't just come back and expect anything. It's going to take a little time.

"This is a perfect week for him to come back being fully healthy. Less people are out there watching. He can play quickly. He's playing around a lot of people he knows on a place he's familiar with.

"I just hope everyone gives him time. I hope he has the time to fall into a rhythm and just get enough tournaments where he can build up that.

"He's still just turning every head. He's very excited, seems very confident. We all hope for many reasons that he comes back fully healthy and his game's fully back."