Tiger Timeline: What He's Done Since He Last Played Golf on Tour
It's been a long and tedious 17 months since we last saw Tiger Woods tee it up in a pro golf event. After the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Woods had two back surgeries and was forced to miss the entire 2015-16 season. Four majors came and went without Woods for the first time since 1994. In September, Woods announced he was hopeful to come back to competitive golf for three events at the end of 2016, starting with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., but he withdrew from it on the Monday before. Finally, he's set to return this week at the Hero World Challenge. Here's everything that Tiger has done since the last time he's teed it up.
August 23: Woods shoots a Sunday 70 and finished T10 at the Wyndham Championship, four shots behind champion Davis Love III. With that momentum, 69% of the GOLF Top 100 Teachers predict that Woods will win at least one PGA Tour event in 2016.
September 5: Woods has some free time after not qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs and spends it watching the U.S. Open with his daughter Sam in New York City. Also at the U.S. Open, Woods takes a selfie with Christopher McDonald, the actor who famously played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.
September 18: The big one. Woods announced he had undergone another microdisectomy surgery to correct a pinched nerve in his back. He was out indefinitely and was forced to cancel his scheduled tournaments for the rest of the year. A few weeks later, his close friend Notah Begay says that Woods is aware "the sun is setting" on his career.
October 30: The second big one. On his website, Woods revealed that he had a follow-up back procedure to relieve discomfort following his second back surgery in September.
November 1: Steve Williams, Woods' former caddie, releases a preview of his new tell-all book, "Out of the Rough." Among the book's details include how Williams found out about Woods' extra-marital affairs.
November 6: Bluejack National opens for play. Woods' first U.S.-based design in Texas has its grand opening. The course, which resembles Augusta National, is well-received.
November 18: Woods is headed to the Ryder Cup! As a vice captain. Captain Davis Love announces that Woods, along with Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, will serve as vice captains in Hazeltine. Tom Lehman was already named a vice captain at that time.
December 3: In a rare 1-on-1 interview, Woods opens up to TIME about his past relationships with Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn. He was candid and honest about his recent injuries but didn't offer any insight into when he would be able to return to professional golf.
February 24, 2016: The simulator shot. Woods tweets a video of him hitting a 9-iron in a home simulator, and the internet blew up. It was the first swing we had seen from Woods since the Wyndham, and it garnered more than 13,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. This surfaced after anonymous reports said Woods had trouble standing up and that his condition had worsened after the third back surgery. A few days later, reports surface that Woods has been hitting drivers on the range at Medalist.
March 2: The ace heard around the world. Taylor Crozier, 11, was playing with Woods at the opening of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, a short course at Woods' first U.S. design. Crozier casually aced the 81-yard par-3 and celebrated like crazy with Woods.
March 29: He's back on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but this time, it's not for a major victory. SI senior writer Alan Shipnuck penned a lengthy feature on Woods, titled simply as "What Happened?" It's a deep dive into anecdotes from the past two decades, trying to answer the most confusing question in golf.
April 1: A few days later, Woods announces he will miss the Masters for the second consecutive year.
April 21: Videos of Woods hitting driver emerge from a clinic in South Carolina. A few days later, news breaks that he is registered for the upcoming U.S. Open. He also makes his debut at Bluejack National and says it's the first holes of golf he's played since August.
May 16: The water balls. At media day for the Quicken Loans National, Woods plops three balls into the water with a wedge during a charity contest. A few days prior, he had fallen out of the top 500 in the World Ranking.
June 7: Woods announces his will miss the U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. He says on his website that he is making progress but is "not ready for tournament competition." He does chime in on the DJ/USGA rules fiasco, however, calling it "awful" on Twitter.
July 1: Another month, another major WD. Woods says he won't travel to Scotland to play in the British Open.
July 19: For the first time since 1994, Woods won't play in all four majors. He officially withdraws from the PGA Championship.
August 29: After Nike's exit from the golf club business, club manufacturers rush to get some of their products in Woods' bag. Begay says that Woods' living room "looks like a PGA Tour Superstore." Woods reportedly is "upset" about Nike's decision.
September 7: Woods announces some good news for once. He's hoping to play three events in 2016, and after the year he's had, we're all looking forward to it.
October 7: It's official. The PGA Tour confirms that Woods is in the field for the Safeway Open, set to make his return.
October 10: Some return. On the Monday before the Safeway, Woods posted a three-paragraph message to his website saying he was withdrawing from the Safeway Open as his game is "not where it needs to be." He also said he wouldn't play in the Turkish Airlines Open in November but still plans to play the Hero World Challenge in December. The wait continues.