PNC Championship: Tiger Woods to comeback from injury next week

The 15-time Major winner nearly lost his leg in a serious car crash on February 23 and now he is going to play in a tournament alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie.

Tiger Woods is set to return to action after a serious car crash; Credit: Twitter/@TIGERWOODSRENEW

Tiger Woods is set to make his comeback to competitive golf at the PNC Championship in Florida later this year. The former World No. 1 hasn’t played since suffering a career-threatening leg injury in a car crash 10 months ago. Meanwhile he will be returning to action alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie in the 36-hole scramble event, where major winners compete alongside family members.

“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie,” Woods said.

“I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

The tournament was holding a spot for the 15-time Major winner and he fuelled speculation of  comeback last month when he released a video on social media of him hitting a wedge shot, with the 45-year-old then seen using driver and fairway woods on the range during his role as tournament hosts during last week’s Hero World Challenge. 

Woods revealed during the event he had accepted he will never play full-time golf again and remains “a long way away” from returning to PGA Tour, although is relishing the opportunity to tee it up the 20-team tournament from December 18-19 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club Orlando.

The legendary golfer crashed while driving at the Los Angeles course for a television shoot on February 23. Police say he was driving about 85 mph along a winding , coastal suburban road. The SUV crashed through a median and plunged down a hill.

Doctors revealed he shattered the fibula and tibia bones in his right leg in multiple locations. Those were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. A combination of screws and pins were used to stabilize additional injuries in the ankle and foot.

Justin Thomas is the defending champion

Meanwhile Woods’ last PGA appearance came at The Masters in November 2019, since then, he hasn’t featured in any event. He and his son featured seventh in their debut together during last year’s PNC Championship. A year ago this was Woods’ last event before his fifth back surgery, not as serious as the previous ones.

The PNC championship was formerly known as the Father-Son challenge until it changed the title to be more inclusive of family members. For the first time in 24 years , the tournament has a current No. 1 player in the field, Nelly Korda, who will be playing with her father Petr, a former Australian open tennis champion.

Justin Thomas won the 2020 edition alongside his father, Mike, with team Thomas returning to defend the title in Orlando. The 28-year-old would return to defend his title. More importantly fans will be returning to the Florida course, and it already is a close to sellout because the organizers limit ticket sales to preserve the intimate nature of the event.

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