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Published: 08:36 | 8/9/16

Woods hopes for October return


Tiger Woods is to make his return to competitive golf at the Safeway Open in Napa next month.

Woods has undergone two back surgeries since finishing tied for tenth at the Wyndham Championship last August and after more than a year out with injury the former world number one has dropped to 711 in the rankings.

The 40-year-old, who missed all four majors in a calendar year for the first time in his career, has announced his intention to compete at next month's PGA Tour event in Napa.

"Hoping to play in Napa, Turkey and Hero in the Bahamas. Cant wait to compete again," Woods tweeted.

Providing he suffers no ill effects on his return to competitive action, Woods hopes to play Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya in November and the Hero World Challenge, which is hosted by his own foundation, in December.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do. Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go," he added.

"I'm looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I'm also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall."

Woods has struggled with back problems for some time and the 14-time major winner has repeatedly vowed not to rush his return.

"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. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I've been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned."

Woods will be a non-playing vice-captain with the US Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine later this month.

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