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Tiger Planning to Return to Competitive Golf in October

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Tiger Woods has mapped out his comeback. He announced on his website Wednesday that he is planning to return for the PGA Tour’s season opener at the Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, one of a handful of events he has scheduled.

Woods also plans to play the Turkish Open, Nov. 3-6, where he previously signed a contract with event organizers to play through 2016. He will continue his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, which is run by the Tiger Woods Foundation in the Bahamas, Dec. 1-4.

He is also scheduled to play the Tiger Woods Invitational, Oct. 10-11, on the Monterey Peninsula.

Woods’ statement on his website:

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said on “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.

“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.

“It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it. It was great spending time with my children Sam and Charlie, and also working on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. But I missed competing. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I’ve been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned.”

Woods has not played competitively since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, finishing tied for 10th. One month later, he underwent microdiscectomy surgery for the second time and he has not returned to the PGA Tour since.


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