FOUR THINGS we want to hear from Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge

After a two-year wait, the Hero World Challenge is back and Tiger Woods will be too.

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Mon, 29 Nov 2021

FIVE THINGS we want to hear from Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods is the host of this week's stop on the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge and the 15-time major champion is set to hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

As we all know, Woods was videoed hitting balls at the driving range last week, which caused a flurry of excitement and expectation of his imminent return to golf.

However, like European Tour legend Sam Torrance told us, it is important that he is back in a competitive capacity and it is unlikely that he will be back before he is ready.

The Hero World Challenge is held at Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas and as it is hosted by Woods, it always attracts a good field despite not offering any FedEx Cup points.

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Ever since Woods was involved in his serious car accident back in February, golf fans, players and experts have been keenly following his updates and his rehabilitation.

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Despite receiving surgery on open fractures to his legs, the 45-year-old was back hitting balls nine months later. His body simply will not give in to his incredible determination.

Here are four things we want to hear from Woods in the Bahamas this week.

"It's a process"

These are the words that Woods has previously uttered when he has suffered injuries and other difficult periods in his PGA Tour career.

In May, the 82-time PGA Tour winner described the recovery from his injuries as something more painful than he has ever experienced.

Although seeing Woods hitting balls on the range is great, you still feel he is within another process that he will want to complete before returning to the PGA Tour.

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"I'm hoping to be playing at The Masters"

Now, these are the words that every golf fan wants to hear. The Masters is five months away and by the time it comes around, Woods will have been in rehab for just short of one year.

Who knows whether he will be in shape to win his sixth green jacket, you'd think it is unlikely, but what his win at Augusta in 2019 proved is that you can never write him off.

He has overcome adversity before, such as when he won the US Open with a severely injured knee in 2008. Don't hold your breath, but Woods could provide us with an update on Augusta aims in Albany this week.

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"You'll see me and Charlie at the PNC Championship"

The PNC Championship is a great tournament that allows 20 major champions to play with a family member in a team format.

In December 2020, Woods and his son Charlie came seventh and Charlie was the star of the show, impressing both his competitors and golf fans all over the world.

A source told Golfweek that the PNC Championship have kept hold of a spot for the Woods duo, with two spaces out of the 20-team field still remaining unfilled. The tournament is scheduled for December 18-19 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando.

"150th Open at St. Andrew's? I'll be there"

The Masters in April may be a stretch for Woods' recovery, but The Open Championship is not until July which gives the legendary player another three months to rest.

It is a very special landmark championship in 2022 which every golfer will want to play at. Earlier this year, five-time Open champion Tom Watson said that he believed Woods would be playing at the tournament.

Two of Tiger's wins at The Open have come at the Old Course. His strong affiliation with the venue could fuel his desire to participate.

 

 

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