Tiger Woods commits to 2022 Hero World Challenge, his second of three potential December events

After playing just nine rounds in the first 10 months of 2022, Tiger Woods is poised to nearly match that in the next month and a half. Woods announced Wednesday that he will be competing in the self-hosted Hero World Challenge Dec. 1-4 in the Bahamas.

Woods joins a group he recruited, which includes Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Kim. Most of the top 20 golfers in the world will be in attendance for this four-round event at the Albany Golf Course, and while it’s not considered an official PGA Tour event, the Hero World Challenge does receive leaderboard points. world golf official. (Tiger could use a few after missing so much time over the past two years.)

In addition to the Hero World Challenge, Tiger will participate in the seventh edition of The Match on December 10 alongside Rory McIlroy. These two will take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a 12-hole exhibition at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.

Additionally, Woods is scheduled to play alongside his son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship on Dec. 17-18. Although he has not officially committed to the PNC, this will likely be the third year in a row that he and Charlie will play in this event. If Woods commits to the PNC, we’ll see him play seven rounds over 18 days in December after being on the course for just nine rounds in the first 334 days of 2022.

Woods finished 47th at the Masters, then retired after the third round of the PGA Championship and completely missed the cut at the Open in July.

Tiger has not contested the Hero World Challenge since 2019, when he finished fourth, four behind winner Henrik Stenson. He’s expected to ride a cart for The Match and the PNC (if he plays), but it’s unclear if he’ll walk or ride a cart for the Hero World Challenge.

While the immediacy of Woods’ golf ambitions is encouraging for what his 2023 schedule will look like, don’t expect him to show up at many other events beyond the majors, if he even plays the fourth. It was at the Hero World Challenge last year that Tiger advised everyone to be careful about projecting their play schedule into the future.

“I don’t foresee this leg ever being what it was, therefore, I’ll never have my back the way it was, and time is running out,” Woods said. “I’m getting older. I’m not getting any younger. All of that combined means that a full program and a full training program and the recovery it would take to do that – no, I have no desire to do that. But for speed up a few events a year…like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did it – he did a good job, and there’s no reason I can’t do it and feel ready.”

We’ll see how many events are “a few events a year”, but there’s certainly reason to be optimistic, with Woods filling his December month with golf.

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