Tiger Woods will return to professional golf with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship

Tiger Woods returns to play professional golf next week for the first time since a devastating car crash nearly ended his career.

The 45-year-old golf legend announced Wednesday his intention to compete in the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, with his 12-year-old son, Charlie Woods. The two-day father-son tournament begins Dec. 18 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.

Woods and his son played together in the same tournament a year ago, per CBS Sports. It was about three months before he seriously injured his leg in an SUV wreck on Feb. 23 in Rolling Hills Estates, California.

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Tiger Woods and his son Charlie on the 18th hole of the PNC Championship at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club on December 20, 2020 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“Although the year has been long and difficult, I am very happy to close it by participating in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie,” Woods tweeted early Wednesday afternoon. “I’m playing as a dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

Woods recently revealed that doctors were considering amputating his right leg after his accident in February. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, his 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV traveled about 75 mph before colliding with a tree and flipping over.

The collision caused the leg bones to break through Woods’ skin. It took multiple surgeries to repair the multiple fractures and “comminuted open fractures” in Woods’ right tibia and fibula, according to USA today.

Woods spent most of the year nursing his injury and was rarely seen playing golf in public until late November.

The five-time Masters tournament winner tweeted a video hitting a ball on the green on November 21. He said golf summary a week later, he would never play full-time professional golf again due to his injury.

“I think something realistic is to play the tour one day – never full time, never again – but choose and choose, just like Mr.. [Ben] hogan done,” Woods said. “It’s a sad reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it and I accept it.

The PGA Tour celebrated Tiger’s return to professional golf by Tweeter a photo of him and his son on Wednesday afternoon.

“Team Woods is officially back in the PNC Championship!” tweeted the tournament organizer.

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