Woods, who hasn’t played in nearly 16 months, will return to competition as the 898th-ranked golfer in the world.
With six of the top 10 players in the field, the World Challenge will offer about 46 points world-ranking points.
Even if he finishes last in the 18-man field, Woods is expected to climb at least 150 spots in the rankings, to about No. 745, according to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robison.
A 10th-place finish would place him around No. 575, while he’d jump inside the top 500 with a top-5 showing (about No. 450) or runner-up (about No. 225). He could rise as high as No. 123 in the world with a victory in the Bahamas.
If Woods withdraws from the event, he’ll receive zero points and drop outside the top 900.