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Tiger Woods practiced at Southern Hills on Sunday ahead of this week’s PGA Championship which starts on Thursday. Photo: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

LATEST: Tiger Woods set for special return to golf action

Legendary golf icon Tiger Woods will return to competition next week, playing alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie in the PNC Championship.

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Tiger Woods practiced at Southern Hills on Sunday ahead of this week’s PGA Championship which starts on Thursday. Photo: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

“Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the PNC Championship with my son Charlie,” Woods tweeted. “I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

It will signify a sensational return to some form of competitive action 10 months after a serious car accident that nearly led to his leg being amputated.

In fairness, Woods has described it as a “hit-and-giggle” variety of golf that he can play, with him and his son having tied for seventh a year ago in the unofficial event that pairs family members.

In a 30-minute interview with Golf Digest, Woods recently opened up about a painful year, a possible return to golf, and how challenging his recovery had been after his frightening car accident in February.

He also said the prospect of playing with his 12-year-old son has motivated him greatly throughout the process of recovery.

“I went to golf tournaments to watch him play, and I’m looking at some of these scores he’s shooting and I said, ‘How the hell are you shooting such high scores? I gotta go check this out’.

“So I’d watch him play and he’s going along great, he has one bad hole, he loses his temper, his temper carries him over to another shot and another shot and it compounds itself. I said, ‘Son, I don’t care how mad you get. Your head could blow off for all I care just as long as you’re 100 percent committed to the next shot. That’s all that matters.

“That next shot should be the most important shot in your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand that concept, then I think you’ll get better.’ And as the rounds went on throughout the summer, he’s gotten so much better.”


Woods suffered comminuted open fractures to both the tibia and the fibula in his right leg after his car crash in Los Angeles on February 23. He was rushed to hospital, where he spent three weeks and faced the possibility of amputation.

“There was a point in time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but it was damn near there if I was going to walk out of that hospital with one leg. Once I [kept it], I wanted to test and see if I still had my hands. So even in the hospital, I would have [girlfriend] Erica [Herman] and [friend] Rob [McNamara] throw me something. Throw me anything.”

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Woods hopes to pick and choose certain events to play in

The 15-time major winner also told Golf Digest that although he is confident of eventually making a return to the sport, he expected he would only play select tournaments from now on.

The 45-year-old former world number one suffered compound fractures in his right leg after a car he was driving in a Los Angeles suburb in February veered off the road and flipped several times.


Before the accident, Woods was already playing a reduced schedule following multiple surgeries on his back and knee over the years.

He told Golf Digest on Monday that his days as a full-time member of the PGA Tour were now effectively over, saying he now expected to “pick and choose” events in future.

“I think something that is realistic is playing the Tour one day – never full time, ever again – but pick and choose,” Tiger Woods said. 

“Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. 

“I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”

Additional reporting by AFP