Tiger Woods is back in action.
File that under, “Things you love to see.”
The 82-time PGA TOUR winner last teed it up at the Masters seven months ago, making the cut but withdrawing during the third round – citing plantar fasciitis that had flared up on a rainy Saturday.
Since then, Woods has been busy away from the course. TGL, the virtual golf league he co-founded, was inching closer to launch before a construction accident caused enough damage to push its start to 2025. The PGA TOUR played on a Woods-designed golf course for the first time, as this month’s World Wide Technology Championship was contested at El Cardonal at Diamante in Mexico. Woods caddied for his son Charlie at the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship.
But now Woods is ready to play golf again.
He will once again play a dual role of host and participant at the Hero World Challenge, contested in Albany, Bahamas, and it was announced last week that Team Woods will play the PNC Championship for the fourth straight year. These are two very different situations for Woods, as the 72-hole Hero World Challenge requires walking, while the 36-hole PNC allows the use of a cart.
Woods did not play last year’s Hero World Challenge – withdrawing before the competition due to the same plantar fasciitis condition. He made two TOUR starts earlier this year, finishing T45 at The Genesis Invitational before the Masters.
In an interview with the Associated Press two weeks ago, Woods said he was pain-free when it comes to his right ankle which was fused in April.
“It’s the other areas that have been compensated for,” Woods said.
Woods compared his current situation to when he had fusion surgery on his lower back and said the L5 and S1 vertebrae were fine.
“But all the surrounding areas are where I had all my problems and I still do,” Woods said. “So, you fix one, others have to become more hypermobile to get around it, and it can lead to some issues.”
Regardless of body issues, though, Woods has always been a fighter. And the fact that he is working on a return to action, starting in Albany, is going to make an already exciting week that much more fun.