11 Stats to Remember As Tiger Woods Returns to the PGA Tour
Tiger Woods returns to the PGA Tour this week after more than a year away from competitive golf. In the 16 months between starts, much has changed for both Woods and the Tour to which he is returning. Here are 11 numbers to keep in mind as Woods tees it up this week at the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas.
When Woods tees off Thursday, it will have been 467 days since Woods last competed on Tour, finishing T-10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
That performance came at the end of a poor season, by his standards, one that saw his world rank fall to 257th.
Woods’s current world golf ranking, the worst of his career.
Not to fear! As long as Woods finishes the event, he will move up approximately 150 spots in the rankings. A victory would mean Woods likely cracks the top 125 in the world.
There have been 18 first-time winners on Tour since Woods's last start, led by Emiliano Grillo at the 2015 Frys.com Open and finished by MacKenzie Hughes at the 2016 RSM Classic.
Years since Woods has competed with non-Nike golf clubs. While he is expected to use Nike Irons throughout the week, Woods seems ready to use TaylorMade fairway woods and driver, as well as a Bridgestone ball.
First round average score for Woods in each of his 20 season debuts. His worst season debut round was his most recent one, a 77 at the 2014 Hero World Challenge.
Woods's average score throughout his career when paired with Patrick Reed. Woods and Reed are set to tee off at noon ET Thursday. The two played four rounds together in 2015, one of them being Woods's second round 83 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Career competitive rounds by Woods at Albany, where the event will be played this week in the Bahamas. Woods will be competing at the course for the first time since his tournament moved there last season.
Career wins for Tiger at the World Challenge. Woods won the event in 2001, '04, '06, '07 and '11.
Woods's missed cut percentage over his last two seasons' worth of events. Woods missed six cuts in 18 events over that stretch.