Tiger Woods to play 2023 Genesis Invitational in his first PGA Tour tournament since 2022 British Open
Tiger Woods is back. 15 times grand winner announced on Friday that next week he will play at the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club. This will be his first PGA Tour start since the 2022 Open at St. Andrews.
It’s kind of a surprise in Woods’ schedule, though not a complete departure from the norm. Woods said at the end of 2022 that he intends to play multiple tournaments in addition to major championships, and the one his foundation is hosting certainly makes sense.
“The goal is to only play the big championships and maybe one or two more,” Woods said at the Hero World Challenge (which his foundation also runs). I mean physically that’s all I can do. I told you guys at the beginning of this year. and hopefully the lightning gets stuck in the bottle and i fight for the chance to win and hopefully i remember how to do it.
“But again, giving yourself a chance to get there again. I didn’t expect to play three majors this year. We were only hoping for the British Open, but I was able to get two more there, so that was a big positive.”
Woods had to pull out of the Hero World Challenge in early December with plantar fasciitis, but apparently recovered just in time for his third PGA Tour event of the year.
“No, not yet,” Woods said at the PNC Championships in December when asked if he could predict what his 2023 schedule might look like. “Because if I didn’t have that plantar sensation, then yes, I could tell you this and I would have a better idea. But I have to rest this thing, stretch it out and let it heal. But I’m not doing that at the moment.”
Woods last played Genesis in 2020 when he threw 69-73-76-77 for 68th in the game. Days after the 2021 Genesis, in which he did not play, Woods was involved in a near-fatal car accident in Los Angeles that resulted in several leg injuries that he has been battling for the past few years.