Tiger Woods is set to begin his bid for a record-equalling fifth US PGA Championship title ©Getty Images

Masters champion Tiger Woods is set to begin his bid for a record-equalling fifth United States Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship title with the second major of the year scheduled to get underway tomorrow on Long Island in New York.

Woods ended an 11-year major drought by winning a fifth Masters title at Augusta National last month.

Despite not having competed since then, the 43-year-old insists he is "rested and ready" as he seeks to make it a quintet of US PGA Championship crowns with success at the Bethpage Black Course.

"To tie Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus with five wins would be a special accomplishment," Woods was reported as saying by BBC Sport.

Woods' victory at the Masters increased his tally of majors to 15, putting him three behind fellow American Nicklaus' record haul of 18.

A win on Long Island could move him back to the summit of the world rankings for the first time since March 2013.

He would also equal American Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories.

Woods won at the Bethpage Black Course when the US Open was held there in 2002, leading the way after every round.

Prior to his Masters triumph, Woods had not won any of golf’s four biggest events since prevailing at the 2008 US Open in La Jolla, California.

But after undergoing back surgery, he returned to form last year with victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, California in September.

It followed a joint sixth-place finish at The Open in Scottish town Carnoustie in July and a second-place finish at the following month’s US PGA Championship in Missouri, St. Louis.

Brooks Koepka will be looking to defend the title he won last year ©Getty Images
Brooks Koepka will be looking to defend the title he won last year ©Getty Images

The winner in Missouri was American Brooks Koepka, who will be looking to defend his title this week and claim a fourth major from his last eight starts.

Fellow American Dustin Johnson, the world number one, will be aiming to secure his second major following victory at the 2016 US Open.

Another one of Koepka’s compatriots, Jordan Spieth, is, for the third time, trying to complete the career grand slam by winning the US PGA Championship.

A challenge appears unlikely, however, with him failing to have picked up a single win last year and not recording any top-10 finishes thus far in 2019.

Leading the European charge will be two-time champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

The world number four, who won the last of his four majors at this tournament in 2014, could return to the top of the rankings with a win.

The same applies to England's Justin Rose, who is ranked second in the world and currently has one major win to his name - the 2013 US Open.

A notable absentee from the field is the US’s Justin Thomas, the 2017 champion.

He has pulled out with a wrist injury.

The US PGA Championship has been moved from August to May as part of a revamp that sees the PGA Tour season avoid a clash with the opening American football fixtures in the National Football League.

It is now the second major of the year rather than the last.