Tiger Woods, the 47-year-old golf legend, is set to make his return to competitive golf after a seven-month hiatus. Woods withdrew from The Masters in April due to pain across his three rounds at Augusta National and underwent ankle surgery in May. However, he has been busy supporting his son, Charlie, at various junior tournaments.
The Hero World Challenge, which was first staged in 2000 and benefits Woods’ TGR Foundation, will take place in Albany, The Bahamas from December 8th to 11th. A 20-player invitational field will feature many top players, including five-time event winner Woods, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Max Homa and Matt Fitzpatrick. American trio Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas will also be in the line-up, along with Justin Rose and Lucas Glover.
Woods has primarily focused on participating in major championships since recovering from the car crash that caused significant leg injuries two years ago. However, he missed the three subsequent flagship events following The Masters this year as he recovered from his May surgery. Nevertheless, Woods has not stayed completely absent from the course and has actively supported his son’s golf career.
In addition to the Hero World Challenge, Woods is also scheduled to play in The TGL in January. The TGL is a televised indoor golf league staged in partnership with the PGA Tour and created by TMRW Sports, a company co-founded by Woods and Rory McIlroy. This will be an exciting opportunity for golf fans to see one of their favorite players back on the course after a long absence.