The 47-year-old golf legend, Tiger Woods, is set to make a competitive comeback at the Hero World Challenge later this month. Organizers announced on Saturday that Woods will tee off as tournament host at the unofficial PGA Tour event in Albany, The Bahamas, on November 30th.
Woods has not played a tournament since his early withdrawal from The Masters in April and underwent ankle surgery in May after experiencing “constant” pain across his three rounds at Augusta National. This was only his second competitive appearance of 2023. Despite prioritizing appearances at the four major championships, Woods has been sporadic in his competitive appearances since suffering severe leg injuries in a car crash two years ago. He missed the three subsequent flagship events following The Masters as he recovered from May’s surgery.
The Hero World Challenge, started in 2000 as a benefit for Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation, will see the five-time event winner compete as part of a 20-player invitational field featuring many of the game’s top players. This includes world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Max Homa, and Matt Fitzpatrick. American trio Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Thomas are also set to play. Justin Rose and Lucas Glover are making the field as tournament exemptions.
While Woods has not been completely absent from the course during his recovery period, he has focused on supporting his son Charlie at various junior tournaments. In September, he was on bag duty for Charlie as he won his Junior National Golf Championship qualifier in Orlando. In January, he is scheduled to play in The TGL (Televised Indoor Golf League), which is staged by the PGA Tour and created by TMRW Sports – a company co-founded by Woods himself alongside Rory McIlroy.