Golf superstar Tiger Woods will compete in the Hero World Challenge he is hosting in the Bahamas, his first competitive golf appearance since the Masters.
The 15-time major champion announced his intention on social media on Saturday.
“Tournament host @TigerWoods will compete in #Hero WorldChallenge 2023,” said a post on Twitter, renamed “X,” adding that Justin Rose and Lucas Glover would complete the 20-man field for November 30. December 3 event in Albany, Bahamas.
Woods suffered serious leg injuries in a car accident in 2021 and was sidelined until the 2022 Masters, where he finished 47th.
He withdrew in the third round of this year’s Masters in April and underwent ankle surgery later that month to treat arthritis related to injuries suffered in his 2021 crash.
Woods, who shares the PGA Tour winning record with Sam Snead at 82, has struggled on courses for four rounds since returning from the accident.
He caddyed for his son Charlie during a 54-hole tournament in November and also made an appearance before the PGA Tour event in Mexico last week, the first tour event to be played on a course that ‘he designed.
At El Cardonal at Diamonte, Woods was seen comfortably descending a long staircase and visiting players including fellow American Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open winner who said Woods was in “go mode” and had taken over the ‘training.
Woods has made just five starts on the PGA Tour since the car crash in California in which he suffered multiple fractures to his right tibia and fibula.
The 47-year-old has made the cut four times, but has only completed 72 holes twice.
Inactivity saw his world ranking drop to a career-worst 1,307th.
In February, Woods completed four rounds at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
It was his first start in seven months, and Woods reiterated to Riviera that his competitive schedule would remain extremely limited.
At Augusta National in April, he admitted that he wondered every time he played at the Masters whether it would be his last time there, and he was unable to achieve his goal this season of playing in all four tournaments. major and perhaps “a few” other events. .
“It’s been tough and it always will be,” he said at the Masters.
“The ability and endurance of what my leg will do in the future will never be the same. That’s why I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I want.
“But it’s my future and I’m OK with that.”