When golf legend Tiger Woods announced the field for the 2023 Hero World Challenge on Monday, there was one spot that was left off.
That was enough to fuel speculation that he’s coming back. Because as a tournament host, he might be saving one slot for himself.
Woods last played in April during the Masters but his return was cut short by an ankle injury.
Now with people spotting him hitting the fairways here and there, talks are rife he’s coming back into competitive golf through the Hero slated 30 November to 3 December in Bahamas.
Woods was last seen at The Hay course in Peeble Beach during the TGR Junior Invitational.
He last played Hero four years ago finishing fourth — the same year he won the Masters.
It was canceled the following year, and in the next two years, it was played without Woods.
An A-list field of 20 players will see action including World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and one of the hottest players these days, Viktor Hovland — who won the meet the past two years.
Joining the tournament are Sepp Straka, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Sam Burns, Wyndham Clark and Brian Harman.
Harman, who won the Open Championship, and Clark, the US Open winner, will compete for the first time.
Also on the roster are Will Zalatoris, Cameron Young, Keegan Bradley, Tony Finau and Jason Day.