Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this week’s Hero World Challenge due to injury, but remains confident that he will be able to play in ‘The Match’ with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth on December 10, along with playing with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship the following week.
Woods, who serves as host for the Hero World Challenge, which takes place in the Bahamas, announced via social media on Monday that he has developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the part of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes, with symptoms including pain around the heel and arch. It tends to heal itself through rest and the application of ice packs.
The Hero World Challenge was supposed to mark Woods’ return to competition since his appearance at this year’s Open Championship in July. The 46-year-old has played just three times in 2022, during which he made the cut at the Masters and PGA Championship, as he continues to recover from injuries suffered in a car accident in February 2021. Since the crash, Woods has had multiple surgeries to rebuild his right leg and has said that he’ll never be able to play a full schedule on the PGA Tour because of on-going pain.
Sixteen of the top 20 players in the world are set to tee it up at the Hero World Challenge this week, with defending champion Viktor Hovland, world no.2 Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Thomas and Spieth among the stars on show.