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Tiger Woods set to play in the Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods announced on Twitter on Monday that he has accepted his own invitation to play in the Hero World Challenge on November 30 at Albany, Bahamas.

After a nine-month hiatus from competitive golf that included a spinal fusion — his fourth back operation — and infamous legal issues, Woods will make his return to golf at the tournament in which he hosts. The 18-man field is currently set to include the top-4 players in the Official World Golf Rankings (Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas). Daniel Berger, ranked No. 27 in the OWGR, is the lowest ranked player aside from Woods, who is currently ranked No. 1180.

“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said in an announcement. “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.”

The last time Woods teed it up in competition, he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic after an opening-round 77. More recently, Woods has been showing off his post-surgery swing on Instagram, and we spotted him using new, Nike-made “TGR” prototype irons during a clinic.

How do you think Woods will fare in his return to golf at the Hero World Challenge?

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Howie

    Nov 2, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Looking at his photo, he looks like an old shagged out tigger plush toy …… he should wait until he qualifies for the seniors tour. Poor ol tigger all worn out.

  2. Robert Parsons

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    He better wear the Red/Black on Thursday or he won’t be able to use the outfit at all.

    Nobody withdraws like we do. Period.

  3. PJGWILLIAMS

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Don’t care. He won’t finish last though. Great for the game to have him back in any capacity. Hoping he can play on for at least 5 years and retire on his own terms

  4. Dave

    Oct 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Where did he try to write “Eldrick”? BTW he’ll finish 18th.

  5. Donnie

    Oct 31, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Eye of the Tiger
    Survivor
    ————————
    Rising up, back on the street
    Did my time, took my chances
    Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
    Just a man and his will to survive
    ————–
    So many times it happens too fast
    You trade your passion for glory
    Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
    You must fight just to keep them alive
    ————-
    It’s the eye of the tiger
    It’s the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger
    ——————-
    Face to face, out in the heat
    Hanging tough, staying hungry
    They stack the odds still we take to the street
    For the kill with the skill to survive
    ———————-
    It’s the eye of the tiger
    It’s the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger
    ———————
    Rising up, straight to the top
    Had the guts, got the glory
    Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
    Just a man and his will to survive
    —————
    It’s the eye of the tiger
    It’s the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor
    Stalks his prey in the night
    And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger
    ———————–
    The eye of the tiger
    The eye of the tiger
    The eye of the tiger
    The eye of the tiger

  6. Tommy

    Oct 31, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Just so you don’t have to look it up, the Hero Challenge takes place between 11/30-12/3

  7. Anthony

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    So if “Bones” is on his bag, he might just stand a chance??? lol

  8. Donnie

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Tiger will win because all the other pros will tank…… just to get Tiger back on the Tour to suck in the duffer tv audience and to spike equipment sales for everybody. Tiger is golfs last hope….

    • C.B.

      Oct 31, 2017 at 3:02 am

      I thought we told you to leave….. this… place…. with them… dots? We know it’s you, you just love them dotssss…… don’t….. you? Loser

      • UYNWARH

        Oct 31, 2017 at 3:31 pm

        I’m the dot man…….damn mook

      • Howie Felderzup

        Oct 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm

        And while your at It C.B., why don’t you just hide under a bridge and take to throwing rocks at cars. Troll aLeRT!!!

  9. Travis

    Oct 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Hank Haney was the first to call this on his PGA Tour radio station. Gotta give him props to the shoutout!

    Can’t wait to see Tiger back.

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