Tiger Woods will be teeing it up in his first competitive event of the year at this week's Genesis Invitational

Tiger to make 2024 competitive debut this week

Tiger Woods will make his first appearance on the PGA Tour in 2024 when he tees it up in this week’s Genesis Invitational, which is being held at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles from February 15-18.

One of eight signature events on the PGA TOUR schedule, Woods will be competing alongside 70 other players for a $20m purse, with this year’s champion set to collect a $4m prize. The tournament will feature a 36-hole cut for the top-50 plus ties and any player within 10 shots of the lead.

Woods, who is also the tournament’s official host, will be joined by 22 of the top 24 players in the current world ranking, and 41 of the top 50, making it one of the strongest fields of the season to date. Top-10 players teeing it up include Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Wyndham Clark, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick and Brian Harman.

Woods announced on social media that he was “excited to be a playing host” at Riviera Country Club – in a tournament which benefits his foundation – as he continues his latest comeback from injury.

Following his recent split from Nike, Woods is expected to unveil a new apparel sponsor at The Genesis, with TaylorMade, with whom he has an equipment contract, strongly tipped to be revealed as the brand behind his new clothing range following its recent trademarking of a ‘Sunday Red’ logo featuring a tiger.

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The former world no.1 underwent ankle surgery in April last year after withdrawing from the Masters during the third round and did not compete again until the Hero World Challenge in December. The 48-year-old finished 18th in the 20-man field in the Bahamas, but said after rounds of 75, 70, 71 and 72 that he was pleased with his progress.

Woods said that he was hoping to be able to play ‘at least one tournament a month’ this year, with The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass (March 14-17) set to be his next event after The Genesis, followed by the Masters, which gets under way on April 11, and the PGA Championship at Valhalla (May 16-19).