Tigers Woods to make season debut at The Genesis Invitational |  Golf news

Tigers Woods to make season debut at The Genesis Invitational | Golf news

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at The Genesis Invitational next week, staying put Sky Sports.

His appearance will be his first 15 wins since his first official PGA Tour appearance at The Masters last April.

Woods announced on social media that he is “excited to be playing” at Riviera Country Club – in a tournament that benefits his foundation – as he continues his comeback from injury.

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Woods underwent ankle surgery in April last year after withdrawing from The Masters in the third round and did not compete until the Hero World Challenge in December.

Two weeks later, Woods competed with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship, which is a 36-event event that features two-player teams made up of a senior and a family member.

The Genesis Invitational is one of the PGA Tour’s signature events, with fewer events and more money to offer.

Adam Scott, Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris have already been confirmed as exempt, Woods has now been named as the final player.

Woods used last year’s event to make his first PGA Tour appearance outside of the game since the Zozo Championship in October 2020, has struggled with injuries in recent years and has played fewer games since a February 2021 car accident.

That event was when Woods made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992. Last year at Riviera, Woods went under four and finished tied for 45th.

What should we expect from Woods in 2024?

Woods finished 18th at the Hero World Challenge in December, his first start since undergoing ankle surgery after withdrawing from The Masters in April, then teamed with son Charlie to finish fifth at the PNC tournament later that month.

The 48-year-old has said he is looking for a ‘one-month tournament’ in the coming season, with an appearance at the Riviera and an event at Florida Swing – which could be The Players – set to begin before the big season. Masters from April 11-14.

Woods can play in the PGA Championship from May 16-19 at Valhalla, where he lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2000 as part of the ‘Tiger Slam’, although he does not currently have an automatic qualification for the US Open next month.

The USGA could offer Woods an opportunity if he fails to secure a spot for himself in the coming months, with the former world No 1 then able to compete at The 152nd Open this July.

Watch Tiger Woods in action in 2024 live on Sky Sports. The Genesis Invitational runs from February 15-18. Join the majors, PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour and more NOW.

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