Tiger Woods will make another comeback attempt next month when he competes in his own Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas November 30 – December 3.
Woods made the announcement via Twitter with a tongue-in-cheek remark that he had received one of two sponsorship exemptions from the “committee of 1”.
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said in a statement. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field.”
Woods played in just two tournaments last season. He finished 15th (last) with a 4-under 284 at the Hero World challenge, which is an unofficial event. He then was cut at the Farmers Insurance Open after shooting 76-72 in the first two rounds. He had surgery on his back on April 19 and hasn’t played competitively since.
If that refrain sounds familiar, it is. Woods missed the entire 2015-2016 season with a similar season, and has not finished an official PGA tournament since August of 2015 when he tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship.
In the 2014-2015 season, he had just one top 10 finish, and missed the cut at the US Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship after finishing tied for 17th at the Masters.
In the 2013-2014 season, he finished second at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, then missed 3-1/2 months with injuries including The Masters and the US Open. He finished 69th at the Open Championship and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
His last victory on tour came at the WGC-Bridgestone in August of 2013, which is also the last time he was ranked No. 1
2018 will mark 10 years since Woods’ last of 14 Major wins. He took the 2008 US Open by one stroke over Rocco Mediate in a 1-hole sudden death playoff that allowed him to join Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers with three career grand slams.