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Tiger WDs from Safeway; Comeback Put on Hold

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Updated 2:50 pm with Tiger’s statement:

Tiger Woods is not ready to return to the PGA Tour and is withdrawing from the Safeway Open, as well as next month’s Turkish Airlines Open.

He released the following statement shortly after our initial story was posted:

After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.

When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.

I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.

(Below is the initial story we posted prior to Tiger’s official announcement.)

Woods kept fans and the Tour in suspense, waiting until the 11th hour to commit to the Safeway Open. But three days later, he told Notah Begay at the Golf Channel that his game was not ready for competition.

“He just didn’t feel like his game is where he wanted it to be to be competitive,” Begay said.

The indication is that the withdrawal is performance related, and not health related.

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On Sept. 7, Woods announced his intent to return to professional golf at the Safeway Open, and also stated his plans to play the Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, and the Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4.

Woods has not competed on the PGA Tour since August 2015.


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