Tiger Woods Commits to Playing in a PGA Tour Event

Tiger Woods practices ahead of the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia

Tiger Woods finally committed to play golf at a PGA Tour event. Unfortunately for his fans, Woods named a tournament in 2017, rather than the one at Augusta National next week, as one in which he definitely will participate.

The PGA Tour designated the Tiger Woods Foundation a host organization for the tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Woods grew up nearby and located his foundation in Irvine.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for my foundation,” Woods said through his foundation’s website. “This is the first PGA TOUR event I ever played, and it means a lot to contribute to a community that has supported me and my foundation for more than 20 years. I’m committed to playing in my foundation’s events, and it will be exciting to return to Riviera.”

Woods last competed more than seven months ago at the Wyndham Championship. He has endured two back surgeries since then. After enjoying a number-one ranking for most of the 21st century’s first decade, Woods now sits at 458.

In February, Woods released video of himself swinging a club on a simulator. Earlier this month, he offered a lengthy written progress report on his website.

“As I announced last week, I am starting to feel a lot better,” he wrote at TigerWoods.com. “I have been chipping and putting at home, and recently started hitting 9 irons. That’s been so nice.”