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The PGA Tour has officially ended, but unofficially, it’s just getting started. Tiger Woods makes his return this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournament Woods hosts. He will play competitive golf for the first time since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in early 2017. What followed was a tumultuous few months that included his fourth back surgery and a DUI. But all of that is in the rearview mirror now, and Woods sounds ready to get after it again.
Seventeen of the world’s best golfers will be among the field this week at the PGA Tour’s 19th Annual Hero World Challenge in New Providence, The Bahamas. All the talk around the golf world, however, has been about the 18th member of the roster of players for this tournament, one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, arguably the greatest golfer of all time. Woods is the host of this select $3.5 million event but that’s not what’s been causing all the ruckus. What’s got folks excited is that Woods will play in the tournament, marking his first official competition on Tour since a missed cut last January in the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.
The fact that Woods is back and playing without pain is huge in the golf world. Nothing moves the interest meter for the sport more than when Woods plays. How he fares when the tournament tees off for 72 holes of competition beginning Thursday at the 7,309-yard Albany course is not really as important as the fact that he’s actually playing and competing.
Woods made an attempt at returning in the Bahamas last December, and briefly raised hopes that he had conquered the problems that have stopped him encroaching any further on Jack Nicklaus’s Major record.
How do the bookmakers see Woods’s return going? It’s no surprise to find him at long odds, given the strength of a field containing eight of the world’s top ten players. Paddy Power, the Irish betting company, gives Woods the third-longest odds of all 18 players in the tournament. Woods is 30-1, ahead of Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell.
Woods played in this event last year as well, leading the field in birdies on the way to a 15th place finish that created hope that he would be able to return to the Tour full time. He then hurt his back playing in a European Tour event in Dubai and tried to return in San Diego before deciding on additional back surgery.