Tiger announces competitive return at next month’s Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods has announced he will return to competitive action at this year’s Hero World Challenge in what will be his first appearance since the 150th Open Championship in July. 

Woods has not played since missing the cut at St Andrews in what was just his third appearance of 2022 (The Masters, US PGA) and he has not competed in the Hero World Challenge since 2019 after a combination of covid and his car accident which he is currently still recovering from. 

The 20-man tournament takes place from December 1-4 in Albany and Woods took to Twitter to confirm his place in the field with the other two remaining spots filled by Kevin Kisner and Tommy Fleetwood. 

“I am excited to announce that I will be in the field for this year’s Hero World Challenge. A big welcome to Kevin Kisner and Tommy Fleetwood for joining us as well. See you soon at Albany!” 

The 15-time major champion has won his self-hosted event five times and it looks set to form part of a busy end of year schedule that includes The Match where he partners Rory McIlroy and the PNC Championship where he will partner Charlie Woods. 

Woods has not competed in a regular 72-hole PGA Tour event since the 2020 Zozo Championship and he cut a tearful figure on Friday afternoon at St Andrews where rumours of his retirement began to circle at the site of his 2000 and 2005 Open wins. 

Tiger is currently 1245th in the Official World Golf Ranking. 

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