Woods to play first PGA event in 14 months

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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.

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