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Tiger Woods ‘excited to be a playing host’ at Genesis Invitational

The 15-time major winner will continue his latest comeback from injury.

Tiger Woods will contest next week’s Genesis Invitational, his first start of 2024
Tiger Woods Tiger Woods will contest next week’s Genesis Invitational, his first start of 2024 (Richard Sellers/PA)

Tiger Woods will make his first competitive appearance of 2024 in next week’s Genesis Invitational.

The 15-time major winner announced on social media that he was “excited to be a playing host” at Riviera Country Club – in a tournament which benefits his foundation – as he continues his latest comeback from injury.

Woods underwent ankle surgery in April last year after withdrawing from the Masters during the third round and did not compete again until the Hero World Challenge in December.

The 48-year-old finished 18th in the 20-man field in the Bahamas, but said after rounds of 75, 70, 71 and 72 that he was pleased with his progress

“I think I’ve come a long way,” Woods told NBC.

“From being a little bit rusty to playing four days and knocked off a lot of rust which was great, and just the physicality of actually playing and competing again – I haven’t done this in a while.

Tiger Woods will make his first start of 2024 in next week’s Genesis Invitational
Tiger Woods Tiger Woods will make his first start of 2024 in next week’s Genesis Invitational (Richard Sellers/PA)

“It was nice to get out here with the guys, have some fun and compete. I wish I would have played a little cleaner but there’s always next time.”

Asked about his pre-tournament prediction that he could be able to play one competition a month in 2024, Woods added: “If you ask me right now I’m a little bit sore.

“But once a month seems reasonable. It gives me a couple of weeks to recover, a week to tune up. Maybe I can get into a rhythm. That’s what the plan was going into next year and I don’t see why that would change.”