At 9pm last night, while most UK golf fans were winding down for the night, Tiger Woods sent social media into meltdown.
The 14-time major champion announced that he is returning at the Hero World Challenge – an event he hosts in Albany, the Bahamas, from November 30-December 3 – for his first taste of competitive golf in nine months.
Woods was only cleared for full golf activity earlier this month and the announcement comes just six weeks after the 41-year-old said there was a chance he may never play competitively again while on duty as one of Steve Stricker's vice-captains at the Presidents Cup.
But a recent swell of swing videos on social media piqued excitement among his fellow players and fans who were, understandably, delighted to hear about his return. Here's some of the best reaction:
Good news to see @TigerWoods back in action soon , i know he has a few more wins under his belt .— Thomas Levet (@thomaslevetgolf) October 31, 2017
He is back... @TigerWoods is back in action... hopefully fully recovered and ready to face the big boys of these days... cant wait to see it— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) October 30, 2017
HERE WE GOOOOOOO!!!! pic.twitter.com/8KFD0BYFvg— Skratch (@Skratch) October 30, 2017
Me in Sept: Don't care— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) October 30, 2017
Me in Oct: Don't care
Me in Nov: Don't care
Me when Tiger tees off on November 30 in the Bahamas: HE'S ON 59 WATCH!
Tiger rushing back to play the Hero. I feel anxiety more than excitement, but it will certainly be must-see TV.— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) October 30, 2017
Big call for @TigerWoods His last surgery was spinal fusion. No other medical solutions now for his back. This is it. Let's hope it works— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) October 30, 2017