Woods to play first PGA event in 14 months
Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods has officially entered this week’s Safeway Open as he edges nearer to competing in his first PGA Tour event since August 2015. Woods, who has been sidelined by serious back problems, said last month he planned to play four events before the end of the year, starting with the Tiger Woods Invitational in California, on October 10. The 40-year-old will then head north to Napa for the Safeway Open from October 13-16 and, if all goes to plan, Woods will play on the European Tour in the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Hero World Challenge, which is hosted by his own foundation, in the Bahamas. Last week Jesper Parnevik said he believed Woods could be getting back to his very best. The Swede said: “He’s been hitting a lot of balls, and he’s hitting it great. He’s pounding it a mile and flushing everything. “On the range, at least, his trajectory and ball flight are like the Tiger we knew 15 years ago. “Comebacks are never a sure thing, but something tells me his might be spectacular.” The 14-time major champion has undergone three successful back operations in the space of 19 months and has not won on the PGA Tour since the Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013.