Whether you love him or loath him, Tiger Woods pushes the attention meter for the game of golf. There was no better evidence of that than on Monday when he announced that he intended to play in the tournament he hosts, the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas. The 2017 edition will be played Nov. 30 – Dec. 3.
It has been three-quarters of a year since Woods, a 79-time winner on the PGA TOUR, has played competitive golf.
While he announced his comeback via his Twitter account, setting the social media set buzzing, it linked his full statement regarding the decision that had been posted on his website.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 30, 2017
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods posted in his message. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”
Currently ranked 1180th in the world after his multiple departures from the game due to various reasons, mostly health-related, Woods is a 5-time winner of the tournament that is managed by his TGR Live company. The limited field event benefits three organizations, the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Tavistock Foundation, and the Bahamas Youth Foundation.
Woods joins Daniel Berger as the final two players in the field, both receiving invites to play.
The entire field will include: (world ranking in parenthesis)
Dustin Johnson (1), USA
Alex Noren (14), Sweden
Jordan Spieth (2), USA
Marc Leishman (16), Australia
Hideki Matsuyama (3), Japan
Tommy Fleetwood (17), England
Justin Thomas (4), USA
Francesco Molinari (18), Italy
Jason Day (7), Australia
Patrick Reed (20), USA
Rickie Fowler (8), USA
Charley Hoffman (23), USA
Brooks Koepka (11), USA
Kevin Kisner (24), USA
Matt Kuchar (12), USA
Tiger Woods (tournament host, 1180), USA
Justin Rose (13), England
Daniel Berger (exemption, 27), USA