Tiger Woods is set to make his first competitive appearance in seven months at the Hero World Challenge later this month. The 47-year-old has not played a tournament since his early withdrawal from The Masters in April, but will tee off as tournament host at the unofficial PGA Tour event in Albany, The Bahamas, on November 30.
Woods underwent ankle surgery in May after enduring “constant” pain across his three rounds at Augusta National. This was only his second competitive appearance of 2023. Fifteen-time major winner Woods has prioritized appearances at the four major championships in his sporadic competitive appearances. This is since suffering severe leg injuries in a car crash two years ago but missed the three subsequent flagship events following The Masters as he recovered from May’s surgery.
The Hero World Challenge, started in 2000 and staged as a benefit to 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.
Although Woods has been absent from competition for several months, he has not been entirely removed from golfing activities. He appeared at various points to support – and even caddie for – his son Charlie at junior tournaments. In September, Woods was on bag duty for his son as he won his Junior National Golf Championship qualifier in Orlando. He then took up a supporting role as the 14-year-old helped his Benjamin School boys team clinch the Florida High School state championship earlier this month. In January, Woods is slated to play in The TGL, a televised indoor golf league that is staged in partnership with the PGA Tour and created by TMRW Sports, a company he co-founded alongside Rory McIlroy.