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Woods heading to Asia to 'stoke' local golf interest

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Tiger Woods' next start on the PGA Tour remains unknown, but one thing is certain: he'll be logging some travel miles this weekend.

Woods will be in Asia to "help stoke local interest in the sport of golf and inspire athletes," according to a Nike release. The former world No. 1 will be in Shanghai, China, on April 24 before heading to Tokyo, Japan, on April 26.

"When Tiger visited Asia in 2011, his presence was absolutely electric," said Marc Patrick, vice president of global marketing for Nike Golf in the release. "He really connected with the young athletes and inspired so many golf enthusiasts. We believe this generated tremendous energy around the sport of golf in Asia."

Inspiring golf's next generation might not be Woods' only reason for a trip to Asia this week. Woods will reportedly redesign two courses in China, and a formal announcement of the project is expected in Beijing on April 23.

Woods tied for 17th at the Masters in his first start since taking a self-imposed leave from competition, and while his next tournament is expected to be the Players Championship, Woods has yet to commit to the event. He has until May 1 to claim his spot in the field at an event he has won twice before, most recently in 2013.