Tiger Woods: ‘Pain-free’ Woods set for another comeback | Golf News
ALBANY (Bahamas): Tiger Woods will get to check himself towards the world’s finest when he returns to motion after a nine-month absence, within the 2017 Hero World Problem, starting from November 30.
By his personal admission, it is going to be a problem to compete in one of many strongest fields ever with eight of the world’s top-10 gamers participating within the event.
Woods selected the occasion for his comeback and took one of many two exemptions for the event. The 14-time main winner is coming again following a prolonged recuperation from his newest again operation.
Woods final performed a aggressive spherical on the primary day of the Dubai Basic in early February earlier than a extreme again downside pressured him to tug out.
In his earlier lay-off from golf, Woods was out of motion from August 2015 to December 2016, when he selected final 12 months’s Hero World Problem for a comeback. However that return, which included a surprising 65 within the first spherical, lasted three rounds in 2017, earlier than he was laid low by the again damage as soon as once more.
Feeling “pain-free” after a very long time, the 41-year-old stated he was trying ahead to taking part in along with his “buddies” once more.
“I missed having the ability to play golf with my buddies. Simply exit and play an off-the-cuff 18 holes. I had not achieved that in shut to 2 years as my again was hurting a lot. Now it’s unbelievable to come back again and play with my buddies, I name them youngsters truly.
“They’ve been nice at making an attempt to assist me come again. I’ve gotten actually near them and now I wish to see how I compete towards all these guys,” Woods informed a choose group of media right here.
The sector for the USD three.5 million occasion is led by Dustin Johnson, who has held the primary spot since February 2017, and consists of three of the 12 months’s main championship winners – U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka, The Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth and PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, who additionally gained the PGA TOUR’s 2017 FedExCup title and was additionally adjudged the PGA TOUR Participant of the 12 months.
World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama is the defending champion, who’s aiming to regain the title towards a formidable line- up. The sector additionally consists of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood and the red-hot Justin Rose, the 2016 Olympic gold medallist.
The sector has winners of 22 main championships (14 of them by Woods) and 12 gamers who competed at this 12 months’s Presidents Cup.
The sector additionally has Fowler, Stenson, Kuchar and Kisner, all of whom gained on the PGA Tour in 2017.
Thomas, Alex Noren, Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Charley Hoffman and Kisner will tee it up of their first Hero World Problem.
The event is a four-round, 72-hole stroke play occasion with a USD 1 million winner’s prize and official world rating factors awarded. It is going to be held on the difficult par-72, 7,302-yard Albany Golf Course for the third consecutive 12 months.
The sector (with world rankings):
Dustin Johnson (1), USA
Jordan Spieth (2), USA
Justin Thomas (three), USA
Hideki Matsuyama (5), Japan
Justin Rose (6), England
Brooks Koepka (7), USA
Rickie Fowler (eight), USA
Henrik Stenson (9), Sweden
Matt Kuchar (15), USA
Alex Noren (17), Sweden
Tommy Fleetwood (18), England
Francesco Molinari (21), Italy
Patrick Reed (23), USA
Kevin Kisner (25), USA
Charley Hoffman (27), USA
Daniel Berger (28), USA Particular Exemption
Kevin Chappell (32), USA
Tiger Woods (1193), USA – Particular Exemption.