Tiger targets Oct return, skeleton 3 events

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CARMEL, Ind. — Tiger Woods skeleton to lapse to rival golf subsequent month during a Safeway Open, and hopes to supplement dual some-more events before a finish of a year.

Woods, 40, announced on his website Wednesday that he hopes to play a Safeway, before famous as a Frys.com Open, Oct. 13-16 in Napa, California. It is a initial eventuality of a PGA Tour’s 2016-17 deteriorate and will be his initial contest in some-more than a year.

He also pronounced he hopes to play in a European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in early Nov as good as a Hero World Challenge in December, Woods’ annual contest that advantages a Tiger Woods Foundation.

Woods, who has reason a No. 1 ranking in a universe longer than anyone else, has slipped to 711th due to loitering after undergoing dual behind procedures in a tumble of 2015. He tied for 10th during a Wyndham Championship in Aug 2015, afterwards had behind medicine in mid-September and another procession in late October.

If Woods plays Oct. 13, it will finish a widen of 416 days between central contest rounds for him.

“My reconstruction is to a indicate where I’m gentle creation plans, though we still have work to do,” Woods pronounced in a statement. “Whether we can play depends on my continued swell and recovery. My wish is to have my diversion prepared to go.

“I’m looking brazen to going to California for my substructure eventuality and Safeway. I’m also vehement to lapse to Turkey and Albany [in a Bahamas]. It could be a fun fall. It was formidable blank tournaments that are critical to me, though this time we was intelligent about my liberation and didn’t rush it.”

What figure Woods’ diversion will be in will be of implausible interest. He suffered by his misfortune year as a pro in 2015, blank a cut in 3 vital championships. He had pitch issues to work by with his coach, Chris Como, that were not helped by damage and inactivity.

“I’m looking brazen to saying him play again, saying what a state of his diversion is,” pronounced No. 1-ranked Jason Day, who has turn a visit texting friend of Woods’ and pronounced he sensed a 14-time vital leader was tighten to a comeback.

“This time we consider he’s finished it a right approach by watchful and not entrance behind too soon. There’s been a integrate of times where we feel like he might have come behind too shortly and kind of harmed himself a small bit more, and that’s what’s kept him out of a diversion so long. But there’s substantially a lot of expectation to see how a state of his diversion is and I’m really looking brazen to examination those tournaments and saying how his physique binds adult and how a mental side and apparently a golf side of things reason adult as well.”

The Safeway eventuality will be played only dual weeks after a Ryder Cup, where Woods will offer as a clamp captain for a United States.

The Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) is a initial of 3 European Tour events famous as a Final Series. Woods played a contest in 2013 and tied for third. He is expected removing an coming price to compete.

The Hero World Challenge, to be played Dec. 1-4 in a Bahamas, is an 18-player eventuality that invites players formed on a universe rankings and vital championships. Woods has an grant as contest host.

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