Conditioned by physical repercussions, 48-year-old Tiger Woods has barely played six official tournaments since the serious car accident he suffered in February 2021. The former world number 1 was on the verge of losing his right leg, but Tiger not only saved it but also managed to return to competition, albeit with a greatly reduced schedule.
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Woods last played in December, when he participated in the Hero World Challenge and the PNC Championship, the latter being a team event that Tiger played alongside his son Charlie. "I'll be able to walk and play.
I've worked hard and have been able to recover. It's been great to be able to train every day and dispel some of the doubts I had," Woods affirmed at the time. The 'Tiger' gave these explanations as he reappeared after more than seven months off since his last ankle surgery in April 2023, when he withdrew before the start of the third round of the Masters, currently the last official PGA Tour event he has played.
Ten months after his participation in Augusta, Woods announced on Wednesday that he will return next week to the American tour at The Genesis Invitational, the tournament he organizes every year on behalf of his Foundation at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
The reigning champion of the Genesis is Jon Rahm, but the Basque golfer will not be able to defend his title because the PGA Tour sidelined him from the American circuit after announcing his signing with LIV Golf, the wealthy and controversial Saudi Super League.
Just like last year, therefore, Woods will start his season at The Genesis Invitational, endowed with 20 million dollars in prizes, four of them for the champion, the same prize awarded to the individual winner of LIV Golf tournaments.
Woods stated in December that he would try to play one tournament per month in 2024, but always subject to his body's response and with the main objectives being the Grand Slam events, the first of which is the Masters at Augusta (April 11-14).
Woods shares with Sam Snead the record of 82 PGA titles, including 15 majors, three fewer than his compatriot Jack Nicklaus, whose absolute record of 18 remains intact.