Tiger Woods is currently missing from the World Champions Challenge arena

The field for the 2022 Hero World Challenge was announced this month, with 17 of the world’s top 21 golfers set to appear in the tournament, which is a benefit to the Tiger Woods Foundation. However, Woods himself has yet to confirm his appearance at the December event. Spaniard John Rahm is currently the pre-tournament favorite with bookies. The world number five has been in reasonable form this year and is second favorite to win the upcoming CJ Cup in South Carolina, with Unibet pricing Rahm at 15/2 in their live market. The European bookie does not currently offer a cash-out facility for golf bets, according to a recent detailed review by Oddschecker, which also details the latest open promotions for golf betting for the first time.

One of Tiger’s greatest accomplishments in golf was The Hero

The World Champ Challenge is hosted at the Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas. It’s the 22nd year for this iconic event, which comes with $3.5 million in prize money. Needless to say, based on Woods’ strong support for the PGA Tour, no player who ventures into LIV Golf has been invited to this year’s tournament.

Woods himself is still unsure about playing, having last appeared in the Hero World Challenge in 2019, and placed a reliably fourth. No doubt, fitness will play a major role in Woods’ decision to show up or not. Woods has only been on the PGA Tour three times in the past 12 months. He came in 47th at this year’s Masters before withdrawing due to injury after three rounds at the PGA Championship and missing the cut at The Open Championship at St Andrews.

However, with three exemption places due to be named near the Championship, there is still room to wiggle around for Woods’ play. There have been sightings of Woods on the courses in recent weeks. He was on the driving range at the Liberty National in September for the amateur-focused Nexus Cup he’s hosting. Woods was also fit enough to serve as a caddy for his son, Charlie, who was playing in the Junior Championships.

Is retirement on the agenda before the end of the year?

Retirement is definitely something Woods has discussed in recent months. His withdrawal from the PGA Championship escalated those calls, as did his indifferent performance in the Open Championship. It is somewhat miraculous to think that Woods was able to recover from his life-threatening car accident to play golf again. However, his body was clearly no longer able to handle the rigors of four rounds of golf over a weekend on a consistent basis.

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