It has been recently announced that Tiger Woods is officially making his comeback in golf, after steady progress being made in his rehab; the all-time great was seen hitting a driver in a video which was posted on social media.
Two weeks has passed since the video was posted, which left fans intrigued about a possible return, and it was announced on Monday that he will make a return to the sport at the Hero World Challenge, which starts on November 30th and finishes on December 3rd.
On Twitter, Woods had joked by wishing his gratitude to himself, by tweeting “I’d like to thank the committee of 1” after it had received a sponsor exemption into the tournament, which consists of 18 players. This tournament has been hosted by Tiger Woods since it was formed, but was been formerly known as Williams World Challenge, Target World Challenge and Chevron World Challenge.
Woods hasn’t taken part in any golf competition since pulling out of the Dubai Desert Classic due to a back injury in the first round. Almost two months after he suffered the injury, he underwent back surgery for the fourth time in his long career; this kept him out for the rest of the 16/17 PGA Tour season.
In a statement, Woods had said:
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,”
“Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field.”
The decision was officially made on Monday, with the golfer getting in contact with his agent to declare his desire to compete
According to his agent, he stated
“’I’m ready to go; I’m ready to play”
His agent went on to suggest:
“He wasn’t being too aggressive. He’s taking it slow and progressing each day and called and said he’s ready to commit. He’s excited about taking this next step.”
Regarding the impact of the surgery, and how it was different to previous surgeries, his agent stated
“He honestly put no expectations on this surgery and what the future was going to hold,”
“It’s hard to compare it to anything. It was a completely different surgery than he had in the past. He honestly was putting no expectations on it, so for him to say he’s ready to play, I don’t think he can compare it to anything else.”
A similar comeback was made last year, in the very same event where he ended up finishing in a poor 15th place. He then missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open just a month later, which was followed by his injury in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Along with his bad luck with his torrid back injuries, the player had recently pleaded guilty to charges of driving recklessly last spring, as he was found with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system whilst being behind the wheel.
Woods will turn 42 years old shortly after the final round of the Hero World Challenge has been completed, and he will hope to be competitive on his return. He will also wish to climb the rankings, as he currently sits at World Number 1180.