Tiger Woods commits to playing 2017 Honda Classic

Woods recently finished 15th at Hero World Challenge

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods, who just returned to competitive golf after a 15-month hiatus, announced he has committed to play in the 2017 Honda Classic.

Woods recently finished 15th at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Dec. 1-4, when he first made his return to competitive golf.

"It felt great to compete again," Woods said. "I missed it. I made a lot of birdies, but I also made a lot of mistakes. I just need to balance it out. Quite frankly, it felt a little weird not to play in a cart. Conditioning was not quite there, but it is coming."

Woods' recent reappearance comes after having two back operations. He said he hopes to play a full schedule in 2017.

"It's so great to see Tiger Woods back swinging a golf club and competing again," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "He has been such a big part of the growth that we have experienced at The Honda Classic since he moved to Jupiter Island. I know that his presence at this year's tournament will generate enormous excitement amongst the fans and his fellow competitors who appreciate the challenges he has faced the past year and a half becoming healthy again."

"I love playing against these guys and miss being out here," Woods said. "It's fun."

The 2017 Honda Classic, which will be held at the PGA National Resort & Spa, will be played Feb. 20-26.