Woods intends to make competitive return next month

Wed Sep 7, 2016 3:31pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he hopes to make his competitive return to golf next month, beginning with the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in Napa, California, after spending more than a year on the sidelines.

The 14-times major winner also said, depending on "my continued progress and recovery", that he intends to compete at the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge in December.

Woods, the greatest player of his generation and arguably of all time, has not played competitive golf since the Wyndham Championship in late August 2015 and has been recovering from multiple back surgeries.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Woods said in a statement posted on his website.

"Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

The Safeway Open, the season-opening event on the 2016-17 PGA Tour, will be played from Oct. 13-16 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.

Woods missed all four majors in a calendar year for the first time in 2016, and made just 11 tournament appearances in 2015.


Tiger Woods of the U.S. stands on the 12th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014.        REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo