For the second straight year, Tiger Woods will return from back surgery at his holiday tournament in the Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving.
Woods has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 with back spasms. Two months later, he had his fourth back surgery in just over two years.
Woods will be part of the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge, which starts Nov. 30 at Albany Golf Club. While sponsor exemptions are limited to the top 50 in the world, Woods is exempt as the tournament host.
His latest procedure was a fusion surgery — the previous three were microdiscectomy surgeries — and Woods reported instant relief. He also said one month ago at the Presidents Cup that he had no idea what his future held.
Doctors gave him clearance to practice without limitations about a week later, and Woods had been posting video on Twitter of a full swing with an iron, a driver and then his signature stinger shot with the driver.
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said in an article on his website. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field.”
The tournament has no cut.