‘A long and challenging year’: Woods confirms return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods, who is unsure when he will return to the PGA Tour after sustaining serious leg injuries in a February car crash, will compete with his son Charlie at next week’s PNC Championship in Orlando.

The December 18-19 event is a 36-hole tournament with a field typically comprised of major champions and their parents or children.

Tiger Woods and son Charlie at last year’s PNC Championship in Orlando.Credit:Getty Images

“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie,” Woods wrote on Twitter. “I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

Last month, Woods teased his return when he posted a video to social media of him swinging a club along with the caption “making progress” and last week logged practice time at the Hero World Challenge event he hosted in the Bahamas.

Woods suffered serious injuries to his right leg and foot when he lost control of his car in Los Angeles in February and faced the possibility of having his leg amputated during a three-week hospital stay. His last start was in the postponed 2020 Masters, held last November rather than its traditional April slot at Augusta, where Woods finished tied for 38th.

Last week the 15-time major champion held his first news conference since the accident and said that while his game is nowhere near ready for the PGA Tour it was good enough to play “hit-and-giggle”.

That comment led many to believe Woods would announce his return to golf for the PNC Championship given it is held on a flat course with no rough near his home and his son could hit all the tee shots.

For Woods and his son, this will mark their second time playing in the tournament having made their debut last year when they finished in a share of seventh place in the 20-team event.


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