Tiger Woods tar­gets Oc­to­ber re­turn

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NEW YORK — Tiger Woods said yes­ter­day he hopes to re­turn to com­pet­i­tive golf next month at a tour­na­ment in Cal­i­for­nia, but the 14-time ma­jor cham­pion warned his much-an­tic­i­pated re­turn would de­pend on his con­tin­ued re­cov­ery.

“My re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is to the point where I’m com­fort­able mak­ing plans, but I still have work to do,” the 40-year-old Woods, who has not played com­pet­i­tively since Au­gust 2015, said in a state­ment.

“Whether I can play de­pends on my con­tin­ued progress and re­cov­ery. My hope is to have my game ready to go,” said Woods, who has been re­cu­per­at­ing from back surgery since his last tour­na­ment.

The golf su­per­star said he is hop­ing to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 13-16 at the Safe­way Open in Napa, Cal­i­for­nia. That event is the first of the 2016-17 PGA Tour sea­son.

He then hopes to travel to An­talya for the Turk­ish Air­lines Open in Novem­ber and the Hero World Chal­lenge in the Ba­hamas in De­cem­ber that ben­e­fits the Tiger Woods Foun­da­tion.

“Hop­ing to play in Napa, Turkey, and Hero in the Ba­hamas. Can’t wait to com­pete again,” Woods tweeted.

He also plans to take part in his foun­da­tion’s Tiger Woods In­vi­ta­tional on Oc­to­ber 10-11 in Cal­i­for­nia be­fore his tour re­turn.

“It could be a fun fall. It was dif­fi­cult miss­ing tour­na­ments that are im­por­tant to me, but this time I was smart about my re­cov­ery and didn’t rush it,” he said.

“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. But I missed com­pet­ing.”

Woods has not won a ma­jor since the 2008 US Open after bat­tling a num­ber of knee, leg and back in­juries. At times he was un­able to even hit the ball.

He has won 79 US PGA events, three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, and his ma­jor to­tal is four shy of the all-time record 18 won by Jack Nick­laus.— Sport24.

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