Tiger Woods is going to close out a harrowing year on a heartwarming note. After nearly losing his right leg in a horrific car accident in February, Woods announced on Wednesday that he will play in the 2021 PNC Championship in Orlando on Dec. 18-19 with his son, Charlie.
“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 tweeted Wednesday. “I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”
The duo teamed up last December as well, and that was the last time Woods was seen in any kind of competitive environment. In January, as the PGA Tour season started to unfold, Woods had an additional back surgery. In February, his Los Angeles car wreck left him in a hospital bed for nearly a month.
The weeks since then have been a long, slow march to this moment.
Woods said last week at the Hero World Challenge that he didn’t know when he would be able to play PGA Tour golf again. And while this is not a PGA Tour event, it’s still a meaningful step forward in his recovery process.
“As far as playing at the Tour level, I don’t know when that’s going to happen,” said Woods. “Now, I’ll play a round here or there, a little hit and giggle, I can do something like that. I certainly like … the USGA suggested Play It Forward. I really like that idea now. I don’t like the tees on the back. I like Play It Forward. … To see some of my shots fall out of the sky a lot shorter than they used to is a little eye-opening, but at least I’m able to do it again. That’s something that for a while there it didn’t look like I was going to.”
Justin Thomas and his father, Mike, are the defending champions at the PNC Championship.