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Tiger Woods Will Return To Competition At Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods will return to competition just seven months after subtalar ankle fusion surgery. He committed to the Hero World Challenge, the 18-man tournament in the Bahamas that benefits his TGR foundation, which begins Nov. 30. 

Recent videos have surfaced showing Woods caddieing for his son, Charlie, and walking with a significantly improved gait. It’s the best Woods’ walk has looked since his Febraury 21 accident. Woods has played just twice in 2023–a T45 at the Genesis Invitational and a WD at the Masters. He underwent the procedure shortly thereafter. 

The Hero is the perfect place for Woods to begin his latest comeback. There’s a laidback vibe on-site all week.  The limited field means great tee times. It’s a relatively flat course, and the warm weather helps Woods at this stage in his career. And his presence will surely add juice to a tournament that’s important to his foundation. 

The goal of this latest surgery was to improve his walk and stabilize the area, even if it comes with a slight loss of mobility  

Woods was set to play in the Hero last year but withdrew on the Monday of tournament week. He has not posted a finish better than T45 since the accident and recently dropped to No. 1307 in the world, the lowest he’s ever been.