Tiger Woods is making a highly anticipated comeback to competitive golf in less than 24 hours.
Scheduled to tee off in the Hero World Challenge alongside Justin Thomas at 11:52 a.m. ET on Thursday, Woods has caught the attention of golf enthusiasts with a slightly modified swing this time around. Golf writer Luke Kerr Dineen highlighted this evolution, noting it as the beginning of what he dubbed the “Sixth Era: The Second Comeback Swing.”
Dineen described the alterations in Woods’ latest swing, emphasizing a shorter backswing, a more steep downswing, and an upper body-powered fade swing.
In a recent interview leading up to the tournament, Woods outlined his tentative plans for the 2024 season. He envisions playing in one tournament per month but acknowledged that this is subject to change.
“I need to get myself ready for all that. I think this week is a step in that direction,” said Woods. “I’m just as curious as all of you are to see what happens. … I don’t have any of the pain that I had at Augusta or pre that in my ankle.”
The return of Tiger Woods is sure to elevate the excitement of any tournament, with anticipated boosts in viewership reflecting his enduring star power.