This is not a drill! Tiger Woods is making his long-awaited return to professional golf at the Hero World Challenge at the end of next month at Albany, Bahamas. (Nov. 30 – Dec. 3).
Woods took to Twitter today to announce his return to golf. He has not played in a professional tournament since the beginning of the 2017 season and missed all of 2016 due to injuries and suffered back spasms that ultimately led to his spinal fusion surgery this past April.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 30, 2017
Woods made the following statement on his website:
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”
Over the past couple months, Woods has teased the media and his fans with several videos of his swing and how progress has gone. He even gave an update before appearing as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2017 Presidents Cup. He talked about how he was working out regularly and able to perform some small golf tasks like chipping and putting.
Two weeks ago, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that Tiger was cleared to resume all golf activity. It became more apparent that the news of Woods’ return would surface sooner rather than later. You can see in Woods’ most recent swing videos that he has become more aggressive with his swings and that he is not protecting his lower back that much.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 23, 2017
Making Progress pic.twitter.com/I3MZhJ74kI
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 15, 2017
Woods will surely be the main attraction at the Hero World Challenge next month, but he will be joined by some very prominent names in the sport. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler are among the many players who will challenge Tiger in his return to golf.