With Tiger Woods eyeing a return to competitive golf in 2022, here are four potential events that could mark the 15-time major winner’s comeback.
Ten months on from a horror car crash in Los Angeles Tiger Woods was finally back where he belonged, on a golf course with the golfing world watching on in awe.
Woods joined his son Charlie to compete in this month’s father and son PNC Championship at the Ritz Carlton where they no doubt stole the show, despite being pipped by John Daly and his son John Jr to the title earlier this month.
Whilst Team Woods didn’t come away with the title, the real big win for golf fans was to see the 15-time champion back in action, and what better way than alongside his prodigal son Charlie
With the 45-year-old now back on the course all eyes turn to the 2022 campaign and when and where the 82-time PGA Tour champion could make his competitive return, as he looks to make it a record-breaking 83 wins.
Woods has confirmed he is only ever likely to return to the Tour on a part-time basis due to the lasting effects of his injuries, however here are four events the American could well return for in the New Year
Genesis Invitational (February 17-20)
Now this would be the fairytale return. The Genesis was the event in which Woods last made a public appearance before the accident one day later, after being at the LA event as ho
As tournament host this could prove the perfect week for the American to mark his return, as it would offer a comfortable comeback to a course he knows so well in Riviera.
Tiger Woods confirmed he would only return to golf part-time.
Riviera no doubt holds a strong place in Woods’ heart as it was the course in which he played his very first PGA Tour event back in 1992.
Miraculously the golfing great has never won at the LA course, and there is no doubt the 45-year-old will be looking to get that one ticked off before the end of his career.
The one thing potentially holding back Woods from appearing in the 2022 edition of the tournament is the short time frame, however it will be no surprise to see it play a part in his part-time schedule throughout the rest of his time on Tour.
The Masters (April 7-10)
If you asked nearly every golf fan on the planet where they wanted Tiger to mark his return they would no doubt pinpoint next year’s Masters.
Augusta is seen by many as the mecca of golf, and nobody on Tour knows the historic Georgia course like Woods does.
The 2019 event saw the golfing great mark another comeback to the top in style, as he claimed his fifth green jacket of his career in one of the greatest returns sport has ever seen.
Tiger Woods won the Masters in 2019. in a remarkable comeback.
One aspect that could crucially be holding Woods back from the opening major of the year is the treacherous walk that comes at Augusta, in what could prove a little too much for his very first event following recovery.
However Tiger’s affinity for the event and the course is no secret, and you can be sure he will be doing everything in his power to attempt to drive down Magnolia Lane come April.
Memorial Tournament (June 2-5)
After confirming the rest of his PGA Tour schedule would be a part-time one you can expect Woods to only hone in on the season’s most recognised events.
Of course Augusta is the priority for the 45-year-old however this year’s event may come just too soon for Woods, leaving the Memorial as a potential target in June.
Again this is another tournament the American has another strong connection to, with one of his great heroes in Jack Nicklaus playing host – a man he admires greatly.
The tournament at Muirfield Village could also play as a nice warm up to one of his favourites in the Open Championship just over a month later.
Open Championship (July 14-17)
The 150th edition of golf’s most historic competition will get underway in mid July and this seems to be the most realistic target for Tiger’s return.
Woods himself openly confirmed he was aiming to take to the famous home of golf at St. Andrews, which he confirmed to be his ‘favourite’ course.
He told the press at the Hero World Challenge at the end of November: “I would love to play at St Andrews. There’s no doubt about it. My favourite golf course in the world.”
The famous Fife course is a favourite of Tiger’s for good reason, having won two of his three Claret Jugs at St. Andrews.
It also no doubt suit’s the American’s game, with the dry links fairways favouring his strong iron play.
This event would no doubt make the most sense for Tiger. It gives him a return to a course he loves, on one of the biggest stages, competing for one of the most prestigious prizes, whilst also giving him plenty of time to prepare.