Despite speculation to the contrary, golf legend Tiger Woods will be playing in some major tournaments this year. On September 7th, Woods announced that he “hopes” to make his return to the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open on October 13th. Woods also stated that he “intends” to compete at the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) and the Hero World Challenge (Dec. 1-4.)
The last time Tiger competed in a major tournament was in August of 2015. He finished in a tie for 10th at the Wyndham Championship. After the respectable finish, Woods underwent two procedures on his ailing back. The surgeries forced Woods to take a hiatus from golf and dropped him to No. 711 in the world ranking.
Tiger is currently 40-years-old. While he is far removed from being the elite golfer he once was, it’s likely he still has enough in his tank to make a splash at these premiere PGA Tour events. While updates on Woods’ recovery from back surgery have been few and far between, hearing his optimism about his playing status has given fans everywhere reason to be hopeful. The next question is how well will Woods play in his return?