It has been a while since Tiger Woods has competed in a PGA Tour event, primarily due to health, including the serious injuries he sustained in a car accident in February. When Woods will return to the Tour is still unknown, but he announced on Wednesday, Dec. 8 that he will participate in the upcoming PNC Championship, an unofficial event, alongside his 12-year-old son, Charlie.
The PNC Championship is a 36-hole event that will take place Dec. 18-19 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. The event is for major champions and a family member. Woods and his son tied for seventh in the event last year, and it was the last competitive event he played in prior to his accident.
The last time Woods played on the PGA Tour was in the rescheduled Masters in November 2020. The defending champion, Woods finished tied for 38th at one-under, 19 shots behind winner Dustin Johnson. Woods, who will turn 46 on Dec. 30, is tied with Sam Snead for the most career PGA Tour wins and he's three behind Jack Nicklaus with 15 major championships.
Even when healthy, Woods has always been selective of the events in which he plays. Here's an educated guess on when Tiger should be expected to spike TV ratings and turn up the roars in the gallery.
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• Woods' competitive return to the golf course less than 10 months removed from his car accident is both impressive and a welcome sight, but it doesn't mean he's ready to return to the PGA Tour just yet. Woods himself recently said he still has a "long way to go" before he's ready to tee it up on the Tour.
• It's way too early to speculate, but anyone who has followed Woods' career would guess that he may be circling next year's Masters (April 7-10) with the intent of playing in a few events prior to the first major of the season to help him get ready.