ACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Tiger Woods will be back on the PGA Tour this week. Just not inside the ropes.
The 46-year-old 15-time major winner returns to Southern California to serve as host for the Genesis Invitational, the elite tour event at Riviera Country Club that benefits his TGF Foundation.
Woods, who suffered traumatic leg injuries in a single-car accident two days after last year’s Genesis finished, is expected to arrive on-site Monday to begin hosting duties. Those include welcoming players to Riviera, meeting and greeting sponsors and addressing the media. Woods is likely to give a press conference on Wednesday, when there is sure to be significant interest as to the state of his rehabilitation and a potential return to golf.
Woods played a similar role two months ago at the Hero World Challenge, which marked Woods’ first public appearance since his Feb. 23, 2021 wreck outside Los Angeles. When speaking in December, Woods said that he has accepted that he will never play the tour full-time again but did say he expects to return to competition and play a limited schedule moving forward.
It is unclear whether Woods will make use of the practice facilities at Riviera as he did in the Bahamas during Hero week, where he was seen hitting balls multiple times throughout the week. He subsequently played alongside his son, Charlie, in the PNC Challenge two weeks after the Hero and impressed thoroughly with his game, fueling speculation that he could be inching closer toward a return. Woods has not provided an update on his progress since then, so every word and every step he takes at Riviera will surely be dissected in great detail.
Woods will hang around Los Angeles all week and participate in the trophy ceremony come Sunday afternoon. Where we see him next after that—Augusta? St. Andrews?—remains a mystery.