For the first time since withdrawing from the Masters 10 months ago, Tiger Woods will play in an official golf tournament this week at the Genesis Invitational. It was always the assumed return point for Woods, who is tournament host of the event that benefits his foundation.
He also telegraphed it in December at the Hero World Challenge, where he said his right ankle was feeling good enough that he felt confident in a one-a-month schedule.
He reported that the surgery was inevitable at some point, that it was "just bone on bone" but the ankle is no longer giving him the same trouble.
Woods played at Riviera last year and finished tied for 45th before withdrawing from the Masters, where he made the cut for the 23rd consecutive time.
This week presents some of the usual issues confronting Woods. The weather will not be warm. In fact, in the mornings it will likely be in the 40s, which is never good for his back and certainly not his right leg. Woods will likely play an early-morning pro-am round on Wednesday, his usual routine, and then face another early start on Thursday or Friday.