Tiger Woods answered the question on the minds of many golf fans: When will he return to the PGA Tour?
Speaking on Thursday night’s airing of the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Woods cleared up any debate about what will be his first tournament start in nearly 16 months at the Hero World Challenge in early December.
“I’ll be there,” Woods said of the 18-player event that his foundation hosts in the Bahamas. “I’m playing.”
“You’re going to play?” Colbert followed up.
“I’ll be there playing,” Woods replied.
In another interview taped Wednesday for “Charlie Rose: This Week on PBS,” Woods had said he “hoped” to play in the event.
When asked about his game, Woods told Colbert that while his game is improving, it still needs some work.
“I’m not quite there, where I feel like I can shoot 63s and 64s in tournaments,” Woods said. “I’m shooting the low rounds at home. But I just don’t quite feel as quite ready to shoot those type scores under tournament conditions.”
On Oct. 7, Woods committed to play in the Safeway Open, the PGA Tour’s 2016-17 season opener. He withdrew three days later on Monday of tournament week, saying his game felt “vulnerable.”
Woods has undergone two microdiscectomy surgeries as well as a follow-up “procedure” in the past two and a half years.
Currently 802nd in the world, the 79-time PGA Tour winner will be competing in the event that, despite its small size, still awards world ranking points.