Tiger Woods lit up social media at the weekend after posting his first swing video since his horrific LA car crash in February. The 15-time Major winner suffered serious leg, foot and ankle injuries in the accident but can now walk without crutches and even hit golf shots.
The viral video, which was watched tens of millions of times, sparked speculation as to if and when the 15-time Major winner will return to action. The obvious date is Augusta in April for the 2022 Masters whilst another would be July's historic 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.
However, we could potentially see Woods return in just three weeks time at the PNC Championship in Florida, where he and his son Charlie placed 7th last year in their debut.
The tournament features a family format where Major champion golfers team up with a member of their family in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. The PNC Championship is reportedly keeping a spot open for the Woods duo, with a source telling Golfweek: “The message came: not just yet!”
“We can go pretty late. The draw gets done week of,” a source closely involved with the event told Golfweek. There are 18 teams currently confirmed for the PNC Championship with two free spots remaining.
Tiger would require a golf cart whilst competing, you would have to think, but he would certainly be granted permission due to his injury and the huge publicity he would give the tournament.
Woods was a huge fan of his debut appearance in the event last year alongside Charlie. “I don’t think words can describe it,” he said. “Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I, it’s memories for a lifetime.”
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
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