Tiger Woods announced Friday on Twitter that he will make his season debut next week in the Genesis Invitational, the Los Angeles-area event of which he is tournament host, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
Woods has not played an official event since he missed the cut in the 150th Open Championship last July at St. Andrews in Scotland.
“I’m ready to play an ACTUAL PGA Tour event next week @thegenesisinv,” Woods wrote in his tweet.
Two days after the 2021 Genesis Invitational, Woods sustained a serious injury to his right leg in a rollover SUV accident and he has been battling the effects of that ever since, saying he even could have lost part of the leg.
Woods missed all of the 2021 PGA Tour season and but was able to play, with the help of a golf cart, in the PNC Championship alongside his son, Charlie, in December.
Last season, Woods played in only three events, finishing 47th at the Masters in April, withdrawing after three rounds from the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., in May because of the injury and missing the cut at The Open. He also played with Charlie in the PNC, again using a cart.
Woods has said he hopes to play in the Genesis, which begins Thursday, maybe one or two other regular season events and the majors this season. The Genesis benefits Woods’ TGR Foundation.
Even though Woods, who is from Cypress in Southern California, has won 82 times on the PGA Tour, he has never lifted the trophy in the Genesis, which started out as the Los Angeles Open. Tiger played in the event for the first time when he was 15 and missed the cut.
Woods’ best finishes in 12 starts in the tournament came when he lost in a playoff Billy Mayfair when the event was moved to Valencia Country Club for one year in 1998, and a tie for second the following year among four results in the top 10.