14-time major champion, Tiger Woods is to play his first event in 2012 at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week.
Tiger Woods last appearance on a golf course came at the Chevron World Challenge which he won by one shot, ending his two-year wait for a title. Before that win at the Chevron World Challenge, Woods dropped out of the world’s top 50 but he rose to 21st in the Golf rankings and could return to the Top 10 If he wins in Abu Dhabi this week.
“I’m very excited to get going,” said former world number one Woods. “I’m looking forward to testing my game against a very strong field. “It’s hard to believe it was that long(ending his title drought at Chevron World Challenge).It was a nice way to end the season and hopefully I’ll win a few more in 2012.”
The world’s top four, Englishmen Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer will also be competing this week in Abu Dhabi.
If Woods wins this week, he could be in a position to challenge for the world number one spot which is currently held by England’s Luke Donald as early as April at the Masters which begins from April 5–8 at the Augusta National.