Tiger Woods confirms PGA Tour return

Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he will compete in next week's PGA Tour event in Los Angeles, marking his return to competitive golf after a seven-month absence while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in 2021.

The former world number one, whose appearances have been limited in the two years following a car accident in 2021 that left him with severe leg injuries, last competed at the British Open in July.

Woods announced his plans to play in the Genesis Invitational tournament at Riviera Country Club, which he hosts and benefits his charitable foundation, on Twitter on Friday.

"I'm ready to play an ACTUAL PGA Tour event next week @thegenesisinv," Woods said in a tweet.

Following his accident, which required several surgeries and severely limited his mobility, Woods did not play in 2021.

He did, however, make a stunning comeback last year at the Masters in Augusta, finishing in 47th place.

He returned to the PGA Championship in May, but he withdrew after 54 holes due to a third-round 79.

Woods returned to the British Open at St. Andrews, where he missed the cut after an emotional second round in golf's spiritual home.

The 47-year-old, who won the last of his 15 major titles at the 2019 Masters, had hoped to make his PGA Tour debut last December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

He abandoned those plans after developing plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which made it difficult for him to walk.

"I have decided to withdraw this week and focus on my hosting duties after consulting with my doctors and trainers," Woods said.

In December, he competed in The Match, a 12-hole exhibition event, as well as the PNC Championship, a low-key event with his son Charlie.

Woods stated in November that he expects to play only a few events outside of major championships in the future.

"The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more. That's all.

"I mean, that's all I can do physically," Woods explained.

Following his terrifying February 2021 rollover crash in California, Woods was hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months, with his right leg repaired with rods, plates, and screws.

During the British Open last year, Woods said he worried about not being able to walk again after his car accident.

"For the most part of my rehab, I was just hoping to walk again, you know, walk normal, have a normal life, and maybe play a little hit-and-giggle golf with my son or my friends at home," Woods explained.

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