Tiger Woods targets October return to PGA Tour

14-time major champion could play in opening event of 2016-17 PGA Tour season

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Wed, 7 Sep 2016
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Tiger Woods admits he hopes to play in the PGA Tour's opening event of the 2016-17 season at the Safeway Open on October 13.

Woods, who has not played a competitive round of golf since August 2015 having undergone two surgeries to his back, also said he intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open from November 3 to 6, as well as the Hero World Challenge from December 1 to 4. 

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods wrote on his official website.

“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.”

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While citing it has been tough to sit out the entire season thus far, the 14-time major champion, who will act as one of Davis Love's vice-captains at the 2016 Ryder Cup later this month, revealed his decision to hold back on returning too soon was “smart.”

“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,” he added.

“But I missed competing.”

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