This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
That was due to take place at the Safeway Open in October but Woods cited the 'vulnerable' state of his game as a reason to withdraw from the tournament.
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Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
Historically, marriages in most societies were arranged by parents and older relatives with the goal not being love but legacy and "economic stability and political alliances", according to anthropologists.
Accordingly, there was little need for a temporary trial period such as dating before a permanent community-recognized union was formed between a man and a woman.
But in a statement Woods said that he was now 'excited' to confirm he would tee it up at the event he hosts for the benefit of his own charitable foundation.