Tiger Woods is back. The 82-time PGA Tour winner will return to competitive golf this week as both host and participant for the Hero World Challenge at the Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas. Not the worst place to stage a comeback, even if it’s technically an “unofficial” PGA Tour event.
The golf legend hasn’t played since the Masters seven months ago after a third-round WD due to plantar fasciitis. He then had surgery on the right ankle to address lingering issues. Woods has stated that he’s pain-free and in good shape for the Hero, as well as the upcoming PNC Championship, where he’ll play again with his son Charlie.
Although the attention is rightfully Woods-centric, there will be a strong field (as always) at the Hero World Challenge. Will Zalatoris will be returning to action after a herniated disk back at the 2022 BMW PGA Championship. Willy Z and Tiger will be joined by Brian Harman, Lucas Glover, Cameron Young, Sepp Straka, Tony Finau, Wyndham Clark, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Sam Burns, Scottie Scheffler, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris, Jordan Spieth, Max Homa and two-time defending champion Viktor Hovland.
The winner will receive 500 FedEx Cup points and a $1 million share of the $4.5 million purse.
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Golf Channel will carry live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on Saturday will run from 12 noon-2:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and 2:30-5 p.m. on NBC. It will continue on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and 1:30-4:30 p.m. on NBC.
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Tee Times (all times EDT) THURSDAY/FIRST ROUND
10:46 a.m. – Brian Harman, Lucas Glover
10:57 a.m. – Cameron Young, Sepp Straka
11:08 a.m. – Tony Finau, Wyndham Clark
11:19 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler
11:30 a.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose
11:41 a.m. – Sam Burns, Scottie Scheffler
11:52 a.m. – Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas
12:03 p.m. – Jason Day, Collin Morikawa
12:14 p.m. – Will Zalatoris, Jordan Spieth
12:25 p.m. – Max Homa, Viktor Hovland
This article was originally published on golfdigest.com