Days after reports surfaced that Tiger Woods would appear in the seventh iteration of The Match, it has been confirmed that the 15th Major winner will compete alongside Rory McIlroy as they face Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in made-for-TV exhibition event. on Dec. 10 at Tampa’s Pelican Golf Club.
Thomas revealed the news via his Instagram account where he posted a video trailer of the upcoming event and wrote: “@jordanspieth looks like we had some competition! Looking forward to a fun match under the lights against @tigerwoods and @rorymcilroy as we raise money for Hurricane Ian relief. The mental preparation for the FedEx Cup and major championship pranks begins now!”
It will not be the first time that Woods participates in this event. He also played in the 2018 tournament where he lost in a head-to-head match challenge against Phil Mickelson. Woods then returned in 2020 and this time had the upper hand against Mickelson and Tom Brady when paired with Peyton Manning. However, for McIlroy No. In another first, the tournament will also be played under floodlights.
However, it is likely to be Woods’ performance that will generate the most interest as he has not played in a tournament since July’s 150th Open at St Andrews. It marked the American’s third appearance of the year as he recovers from a horrific leg injury sustained in a car crash in February 2021
The 46-year-old has had mixed fortunes since his first Masters appearance of the year at Augusta National. While he finished that tournament tied for 47th, he had to withdraw from June’s PGA Championship after three rounds with his injury still bothering him.
After opting out of the year’s third Major, the US Open, Woods was still far from his best in his most recent appearance and missed the cut. A week before next month’s event, Woods hosts the World Hero Challenge. However, he is currently not listed in the preliminary field for the tournament.
The previous edition of The Match was held in Nevada in June and featured an all-American football quarterback lineup of Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.