It’s all been leading up to this.
Tiger Woods officially announced his return to competitive golf will take place next month at the familiar and comfortable Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas. Woods made the announcement at 5 p.m. via social media and his personal website.
Following nine months away from competitive golf, tournament host Tiger Woods is set to make his return at the 2017 Hero World Challenge Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 at Albany, Bahamas.
“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.”
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 30, 2017
Woods, whose TGR Live organization manages the Hero World Challenge, is a five-time winner of the event. Tiger Woods Foundation is the event’s charitable beneficiary along with the Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.
Joining Woods in the 2017 Hero World Challenge field is Daniel Berger. Woods and Berger round out the final two spots in the elite 18-player Hero World Challenge field. Berger is coming off one of his best years as a professional, earning his second career PGA TOUR win and representing the United States in the Presidents Cup.
Woods’ return comes just seven months following a lumbar fusion surgery, the fourth procedure on his back. As recently as September’s Presidents Cup, Woods was noncommittal about his future in competitive golf and had been only cleared to hit 60-yard pitch shots. Since last month, Woods’ personal updates via social media have come fast and furious with full swing video’s popping up online weekly prior to Monday’s announcement.
Woods will join a field of 17 other top-ranked players next month at Albany that includes Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose, among others.
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