Tiger Woods is returning to competition for the first time without the use of a cart since July, announcing that he will play at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles.
Woods was hopeful of playing next week’s tournament at Riviera, where he is the host of an event that typically had the strongest field of the West Coast swing even before it became elevated with a $20 million purse.
The uncertainty came from a bout with plantar fasciitis (a heel injury) as he was preparing to play in December.
That kept him from playing in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
He played a made-for-TV exhibition over 12 holes and the PNC Championship with his son. Both times he was allowed to ride in a cart.
Carts are not allowed on the PGA Tour — Casey Martin used one under the Americans with Disabilities Act — and Woods has said he was not interested in using one to play at the highest level.
“I’m ready to play an ACTUAL PGA Tour event next week,” Woods said on Twitter, a reference to playing only three majors last year.
Woods has said he can hit all the shots, “I just can’t get from Point A to Point B.”
Riviera is where Woods made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992. He played 11 times at Riviera as a pro, the most of any course without winning.