Tiger Woods recently announced that he is returning to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, to be played next week in the Bahamas when he tees it up at Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. And as always, all eyes will be on him to see whether he can compete with the younger set that have taken his place in the game.
The Hero was also the site of Tiger’s last return to the game in 2016. That comeback was short-lived when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February due to injury and has not appeared in an event since.
A lot has happened since February. Tiger had a back fusion surgery, which is different than his prior back surgeries, causing him to miss the entire 2017 season. But now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
At the Presidents Cup, Woods said he was hitting only 60-yard wedge shots. Then a few weeks later, his agent Mark Steinberg announced that doctors had cleared Tiger to resume full golf activities with no restrictions on what he could practice.
Then Tiger tweeted videos of himself taking a full swing with the driver followed by him hitting his patented stinger a few days later. That’s much more than the 60-yard wedge shots we were given at the Presidents Cup, and the videos set the world of Social Media and Internet on fire.
So in my mind, there are a lot of questions. What can I expect to see from Tiger next week in his return? What would I consider a successful week for him at the Hero? What do I want to see going forward with his competitive golf? Am I willing to watch him as a journeyman player or do I want to see him win again? Will he ever win another major? If he can’t win and struggles to make cuts, will he continue to play or bow out gracefully?
But one thing is for sure, we will get to watch it happen and I will get answers to my questions beginning next week.
On another note; with word of Tiger’s return to competitive golf, Golf Channel is moving to take advantage of the excitement. They have decided to add an extra hour of live tournament coverage for the first and second rounds of the Hero World Challenge. The Thursday and Friday broadcasts will be stretched from three to four hours. In addition, Morning Drive and Golf Central will run longer than normal during the event, and both flagship programs will be extended on Saturday as well.