LOS ANGELES : Woods set to return at Hero World Challenge. The Golf great to make first competitive start since Masters at Nov 30 - Dec 3 event.

Golf superstar Tiger Woods will play the Hero World Challenge he hosts in the Bahamas, his first competitive golf start since the Masters.

The 25-time major champion announced his intentions on social media on Saturday. 

'' Tournament host @ TigerWoods to play in the 2023 Hero WorldChallenge,'' a post on Twitter, which is being rebranded as ' X '  said, adding that Justin Rose and Lucas Glower would round out the 20-man field for the November 30-December 3 event at Albany in the Bahamas.

Woods suffered severe leg injuries in a 2020 car crash and was sidelined until the 2022 Masters, where he finished 47th.

He withdrew in the third round of this year's Masters in April and had ankle surgery later that month to treat arthritis linked to injuries suffered in the 2021 crash.

Woods, who shares record for the PGA Tour victories with Sam Snead at 82, has  struggled to walk courses for four rounds since his return from the accident.

He caddied his son Charlie in a 54-hole tournament in November and also put in an appearance before last week's PGA Tour event in Mexico, the tour's first event to be played on a course that he designed.

At EL Cardonal at Diamante, Woods was seen walking comfortably down a long staircase and visiting with players, including fellow American Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open winner who declared Woods was in good mode and had returned to practicing. [AFP]


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