I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament. This is our 18th year, and every year we put together a top field that showcases the best golfers from the previous season. Albany is an outstanding setting, and I can't thank Hero MotoCorp enough for their support of the tournament and my foundation.
Woods was expected to return to action at October's Safeway Open. But he pulled out of that tournament and November's Turkish Airlines Open three weeks ago, saying, per Harig: "My game is vulnerable and it's not where it needs to be."
Woods hasn't played in a PGA tournament since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, as a series of surgeries on his back kept him out of action and forced him to skip the 2015-16 PGA season.
After being one of the most dominant golfers in PGA history, Woods has been beset by injuries and declining play in the latter portion of his career. His last win was at the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013 and his last major title came at the 2008 U.S. Open.
The Hero World Championship will feature a number of stars, including Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, though Jason Day and Rory McIlroy will not participate.
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