Tiger Woods will return to golf at December’s Hero World Challenge
- Former world No 1 has not played since July’s Open
- 46-year-old still feeling effects of serious car crash
Tiger Woods has announced that he will return to action at next month’s Hero World Challenge.
Woods has not played since July, when he missed the cut in what could prove to be his final Open at St Andrews.
Those two rounds over the Old Course took the 15-time major winner’s total to nine this year after he finished 47th in the Masters and withdrew from the US PGA Championship following a third round of 79. At Southern Hills, Woods was clearly in pain from the severe leg injuries he suffered in a life-threatening car accident in Los Angeles in February 2021 and the 46-year-old admits he will never play a full tournament schedule again.
The Hero World Challenge, which takes place from 1-4 December in the Bahamas, is a natural place for Woods to return as his foundation benefits from the 20-man event.
The initial field was announced last month when three sponsor’s exemptions remained to be filled. Woods, Kevin Kisner and Tommy Fleetwood have received those exemptions while Shane Lowry took the place of the injured Will Zalatoris.
“I am excited to announce that I will be in the field for this year’s HeroWorldChallenge,” wrote Woods on Twitter on Wednesday. “A big welcome to @K-Kisner and @TommyFleetwood1 for joining us as well. See you soon at Albany!”
Woods will also partner Rory McIlroy in The Match against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas on 10 December, when the seventh version of the exhibition challenge will take place at the Pelican Golf Club in Florida.