Tiger targets October return, plans 3 events

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CARMEL, Ind. — Tiger Woods plans to return to competitive golf next month at the Safeway Open, and he hopes to add two more events before the end of the year.

Woods, 40, announced on his website Wednesday that he will play the Safeway Open — the first event of the PGA Tour’s 2016-17 season — from Oct. 13-16 in Napa, California. The event was formerly known as the Frys.com Open.

He also said he hopes to play in the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in early November as well as the Hero World Challenge — which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation — in December.

Woods has slipped outside of the top 700 in the world as he has not played in more than a year. He last competed at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, where he tied for 10th.

Since then, he has undergone two back procedures and his recovery was slow.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said in a statement Wednesday. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.

“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany (in the Bahamas). 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.”

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