Legendary Tiger is back

Henry

It’s official. The legendary Tiger Woods will make his return to the golf course at the end of this month when he will be in action in the Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas.

The 47-year-old Woods confirmed this past weekend that he will be part of the select field of 20 players who will battle it out at the prestigious Albany golf resort in the annual spectacle, which Woods also hosts.

The Albany resort is one of the most exclusive golf resorts in the world and belongs to Woods, the singer Justin Timberlake, the controversial British businessman Joe Lewis and the South African Ernie Els, who also designed the golf course.

In a statement issued by his foundation, Woods said that his ankle, which was operated on, feels 100% fine and does not cause him any more pain.

However, according to the fifteen-time major champion, there are other parts around his ankle that still hinder him.

“By trying to compensate for a sore ankle, other problems arise. That’s just how it works and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Woods said.

The former no. 1 player’s last competitive appearance on the golf course was in April this year at Augusta in the US Masters tournament.

He withdrew from the tournament during the third round and underwent ankle surgery three days later.

Woods severely injured his right ankle in a car accident outside Los Angeles in February 2021, which almost led to the amputation of his right foot.

Since then, he has only been back in action in five tournaments and survived the halfway mark cut-off four times.

His only unsuccessful attempt was in last year’s 150th British Open at St. Andrews.

The news of Woods’ participation in the Hero tournament was accompanied by the news that Patrick Cantlay and Xander Chauffele will no longer be in action in the Bahamas.

These two bosom friends gave no reason for their unexpected withdrawal.

Rumors circulated during the Ryder Cup tournament that Cantlay and Schauffele, respectively no. 5 and no. 6 in the world rankings, caused a split in the American camp.

The two Yanks’ spots in the Bahamas field are taken by Justin Rose and Lucas Glover.

The full list of participants in the tournament to be played from 30 November to 3 December is (world ranking position in brackets):

Scottie Scheffler (1), Viktor Hovland (4), Max Homa (7), Matt Fitzpatrick (8), Brian Harman (9), Wyndham Clark (10), Collin Morikawa (14), Jordan Spieth (15), Keegan Bradley (16), Cameron Young (19), Sam Burns (20), Jason Day (21), Tony Finau (22), Rickie Fowler (23), Sepp Straka (24), Justin Thomas (26), Lucas Glover (31 ), Will Zalatoris (33), Justin Rose (39) and Tiger Woods (1,316).

  • Additional source: PGA Tour