Nassau - Former
world No 1 Tiger Woods, sidelined for 15 months after back
surgery, will make his return to competitive golf at High Noon on
Thursday alongside Patrick Reed at the Hero World Challenge.
Pairings for the 18-man invitational event were released on Monday and
Woods, a 14-time major champion who has not won a major title since the
2008 US Open, will be the second to play in the sixth group out.
It will be the first time Woods has played competitively since he shared 10th at Greensboro in August of last year.
Woods, who fell to 898th in the world rankings on Monday, missed the
cut at the US and British Opens and the PGA Championship last year.
Woods, whose 79 career PGA titles are three shy of Sam Snead's
all-time record, has not won a tournament since the 2014 Bridgestone
Invitational, a World Golf Championships event at Akron, Ohio.
It will be the first time Woods has played in the event owned by his
charity foundation since it moved last year to the Bahamas and the
Albany resort's par-72, 7 267-yard Ernie Els-designed course.
Defending champion Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler are the first duo
out at 11:10 followed at 10-minute intervals by two more US pairs,
Jimmy Walker and Brandt Snedeker then J.B. Holmes and Zach Johnson.
Reigning Olympic champion Justin Rose of England and Sweden's Henrik
Stenson, the runner-up in Rio, will start at 11:40 in a repeat of their
dramatic last-round Olympic pairing, with past winner Jordan Spieth and
Matt Kuchar next followed by Woods and Reed.
Reigning US Open champion Dustin Johnson and fellow American Brooks
Koepka follow Woods onto the course with the final two duos consisting
of international talent - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and South African
Louis Oosthuizen followed by Scotsman Russell Knox and Argentina's