Tiger Woods withdraws from Hero World Challenge with foot injury

Tiger Woods won’t play in the Hero World Challenge after all.

Woods said in a statement on Monday that, while preparing for his charity event in the Bahamas this week, he developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He is struggling to walk, he said, so he decided to withdraw.

He will be replaced in the field at the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial PGA Tour event held at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, by Sepp Straka. The tournament has a 20-man field and doesn't have a cut.

Woods said he is still planning to play in The Match and the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie, later this month. He can ride in a cart at both of those events. Woods will play with Rory McIlroy at Pelican Golf Club in Florida in the latest edition of The Match on Dec. 10. The duo will go up against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in a rare all-golfer version of the charity event.

Woods hasn’t played on Tour since he missed the cut at The British Open in July. He’s competed just three times since his 2021 car crash in Southern California, first at the Masters and then again at the PGA Championship.

It’s unclear when Woods will play in an official Tour event again. After hosting this week in the Bahamas, Woods will also host the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles in February — which could mark a good spot for his return. The Tour will resume play with the Tournament of Champions on Jan. 5 in Hawaii.

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Tiger Woods said he still plans to play in The Match and at the PNC Championship with his son later this month. (Ross Parker/SNS Group/Getty Images) (Ross Parker - SNS Group via Getty Images)