Tiger Woods hints at golf return five months on from horror car crash

Tiger Woods rushed to hospital following car accident

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Tiger Woods has confirmed he will return to host the Hero World Challenge event this November following a horror car accident in February of this year. The joint most successful PGA Tour player of all time revealed the event in Albany, Bahamas would be returning for 2021 after it was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 15-time major winner has not been seen at a golf event since suffering life-changing injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles five months ago, after hosting the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club one day prior.

Despite announcing his hosting of the event in the Bahamas later this year, there was no word on whether the 45-year-old would be competing as part of the field, which has been expanded to 20 from 18 for the 2021 edition.

The 45-year-old did confirm that the current Players’ champion, the 2020 and 2021 major winners, and the event’s defending champion would be part of the 20-man field at this year’s tournament. 

This means Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm will all be guaranteed a place following their recent successes, alongside 2019 World Challenge champion Henrik Stenson.

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Since his last PGA Tour victory at the 2019 ZOZO Championship – that equalled Sam Snead’s PGA Tour title record of 82 – Woods has featured just four times on the Tour after ongoing back troubles, the Covid-19 pandemic and his car accident put yet another halt on his glittering career.

Injuries sustained in the crash in February of this year made many question whether Woods would ever be able to return to the Tour again after he suffered ‘open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones’.

This resulted in the 2019 Masters champion undergoing ‘extensive surgery’ on the affected right leg to ensure he could operate it properly again. 

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As a result, golfing fans around the world were given a huge boost last week, as Woods was pictured applying ‘significant weight’ to the surgically repaired leg outside of a Beverly Hills hotel.

One week prior Woods’ former Ryder Cup teammate and close friend Rickie Fowler also confirmed the 45-year-old’s injuries were improving after he gave an update prior to his opening round in the PGA Tour’s last event, the 3M Open.

Speaking ahead of the tournament in Minneapolis just under two weeks ago Fowler said: “I know he’s been getting after it as far as rehab goes, that takes up most of his day.”

“I know as kind of stubborn as he is, being as big of a golf nerd as all of us are, he’s putting the work in. I know it’s been tough. It’s a long road till now, he’s got a long road ahead, but he’s putting the work in.”

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