Tiger Woods set the golfing world ablaze on Friday afternoon after he took to Twitter to announce his intention to play in his event next week in California.
The PGA Tour will return to California for the first invitational event of the season, the 2023 Genesis Invitational. It’s an event that the great Tiger Woods has made his own in recent years as Woods and his foundation host the event at the famous Riviera Country Club.
The 15-time major winner Tweeted his intention to play next week as preparations for April’s Masters begin.
Tiger Woods will be making his first start since last year’s 150th Open.
The last time Tiger was seen in competitive action was at last summer’s 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. It was a somber occasion as a visibly emotional Woods missed the cut in what could be his last Open at the historic home of golf.
Woods walking up the 18th fairway waving to the fans in attendance on that day last July will be a memory that won’t soon be forgotten.
The 82-time PGA Tour winner played three events in 2022 after making his miraculous return to action at last year’s Masters following his horrific car accident a year earlier.
Tiger remarkably made the cut at Augusta National last April in his return to action before later having to WD from the PGA Championship in May, and missing the cut at The Open in July.
Since last July, Woods took part in Capital One’s ‘The Match VII’ alongside Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth at Pelican Golf Club in Florida last December. Tiger also took part in the PNC Championship the week after with son, Charlie.
It remains unclear exactly how many events Tiger Woods will tee it up in this year, though the expectation is he will aim to play the Masters, PGA Championship, The Open, and possibly the U.S. Open.
Either way, this was a very welcome surprise on a Friday afternoon on Super Bowl weekend.
The Genesis Invitational begins Thursday, February 16th.