MIAMI (REUTERS) – Tiger Woods will go out in the final group when he makes his highly anticipated return to competition at this week’s PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, according to a list of tee times published on Thursday (Dec 16).
Woods, who sustained serious leg injuries in a February car crash, and his 12-year-old son Charlie will tee off at 12.18pm ET on Saturday (1.18am on Sunday, Singapore time) alongside good friend and world number six Justin Thomas, who is playing with his father Mike.
The two-day event at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is not a PGA Tour but rather a laid-back 36-hole tournament with a field comprised of 20 major champions and a member of their family.
Woods, who has not competed since he and Charlie finished in a share of seventh place at the 2021 PNC Championship, announced last week that he would play in this year’s edition.
The 15-times major champion has said his game is nowhere near ready for the PGA Tour as he continues to work his way back from injuries suffered when he lost control of his car in Los Angeles in February.
Woods, the greatest golfer of his generation whose tally of major titles trails only the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, faced the possibility of having his leg amputated during a three-week hospital stay after the accident.
The penultimate group will be comprised of women’s world number one Nelly Korda, who is playing with her father, and twice major champion John Daly and his son.
Among the others in the field are former Masters champions Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara and Bubba Watson.
Swede Henrik Stenson, Zimbabwean Nick Price, Irishman Padraig Harrington and Americans Lee Trevino, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Tom Lehman, David Duval and Rich Beem head the other teams.