Tiger Woods, on the comeback trail after extended back problems took him away from competitive golf for almost a year, has committed to play in the 2018 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 19-25 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The Honda Classic, a short drive from Woods' Jupiter home, will be the fourth tournament he has played since he made his return November 30-December 3 at the Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas. Woods finished in ninth place at eight-under in the exclusive event for 18 elite invitees, shooting 69-68-75-68.
Woods' next stop was the Farmers Insurance Open on January 25-28 where he finished tied for 23rd, seven strokes behind winner Jason Day. That performance was a massive forward step for Woods, who had not completed four rounds of a PGA TOUR event since August 2015.
"Very pleased," Woods said of his performance in San Diego. "After not playing for a couple of years and coming out here on [the PGA] Tour and playing a solid four days. I fought hard for these scores. This was a lot of fight."
Woods is currently competing in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
"It's so great to see Tiger back healthy and swinging a golf club and competing again," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "the golf fans of South Florida are going to be thrilled to see him again. Tiger has been such a big part of the growth that we have experienced at The Honda Classic since he moved to Jupiter Island."
In 2012, Woods' first year playing The Honda, attendance surged 45% to 161,700 as Woods shot 62 on Sunday to finish second. Woods placed 37th in the 2013 Honda Classic before being forced to withdraw during the final round in 2014. He has not played the past three years as he battled his back issues, but the fusion surgery on his lower back appears to have been a major success and Woods has been upbeat and swinging freely as he embarked on this comeback.
The Honda Classic has built upon the surge it received when Woods started playing the event with attendance climbing to 203,815 in 2017. Ticket sales were trending higher Friday before Woods announced he would play, setting the stage for an epic week of golf, attendance and greater contributions to the South Florida children's charities that benefit from the tournament.
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2018 Honda Classic are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-844-8Honda8 (844-846-6328).
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