Tiger Woods is returning to the golf course at next week’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club outside Los Angeles, he announced Friday.
It will be Woods’ first competitive rounds in an official event since he missed the cut at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July. It will be his first start in a nonmajor since the 2020 Zozo Championship.
“I’m ready to play an ACTUAL PGA Tour event next week @thegenesisinv,” the 15-time major champion tweeted.
Woods, 47, hosts the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his TGR Foundation. He was in the Los Angeles area for the event in February 2021 when he suffered major leg injuries in a car crash.
He competed in just nine rounds in three majors last season, his first starts since the crash. He finished in 47th at the Masters, withdrew from the PGA Championship after the third round and missed the cut at The Open. Woods also withdrew from the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial event he hosted in the Bahamas, in early December because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Woods did team up with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy to play against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a 12-hole competition in The Match on Dec. 10. He also played with his son, Charlie, in the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 17-18. He was able to use a golf cart in both events.
He told reporters Dec. 18 that he felt like he had come a long way in his recovery, but the plantar fasciitis was a setback.
“It’s been a lot harder than people probably imagine,” Woods said. “There’s some of the players who are very close to me know what I’ve kind of gone through, and they’re the ones that keep encouraging me to back off a little bit. But that’s not really in my nature. My nature is trying to get better. And I have. And through work ethic, I was able to, as I said, play and compete in three major championships this year.
“And this offseason hasn’t really been an offseason. … As you’ve seen, I can hit golf balls. I can do all that. I can practice at home. I can hit shots around the green. I can do all that. I just can’t get from point A to point B.”
The Genesis Invitational is a designated event in the PGA Tour’s revamped schedule with a $20 million purse. Many of the tour’s best players, including McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, have committed to play in the tournament.
Woods made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur at Riviera Country Club in 1992.