Tiger Woods commits to play in season-opening Safeway Open

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Tiger Woods done his lapse to rival golf subsequent week central on Friday by committing to a PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, California.

It is a initial contest of a 2016-17 deteriorate and Woods’ initial eventuality given a 2015 Wyndham Championship, where he tied for 10th some-more than a year ago. Since afterwards Woods had endured a delayed liberation and reconstruction from dual behind surgeries in Sep and again in Oct of 2015.

The PGA Tour announced a commitment.

On Sept. 7, Woods announced it was his “hope” to lapse during a Safeway Open, a Turkish Airlines Open subsequent month and a Hero World Challenge, an 18-player contest his substructure runs in December.

But Woods never rigourously committed to a Safeway, a procedural pierce that is compulsory by 5 p.m. on a Friday before to a contest week. Such commitments are not contracting — players can repel during any time.

When Woods tees off in a initial turn on Thursday, it will have been 417 days between central contest rounds. Woods, who was ranked No. 1 in a universe for a record 683 weeks, is now 767th. He was 257th following a Wyndham.

“My reconstruction is to a indicate where I’m gentle creation plans, though we still have work to do,” Woods pronounced in a matter on Sept. 7. “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 (at Pebble Beach from Sunday-Tuesday) 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.”

Woods was during Hazeltine National final week as a clamp captain to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. Although he was manifest and spoke following about being respected to one day be deliberate to be captain, he did not residence his health or either or not he would play subsequent week.

The Safeway contest has nonetheless been promotion Woods’ participation, along with that of Phil Mickelson, who welcomed Woods’ lapse and pronounced he hoped to be grouped with him doing a initial dual rounds.

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, Dec. 1-4, 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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