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Published: 08:43 | 11/10/16

Woods out of planned comeback

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from his planned comeback at this week's Safeway Open.

Woods had been due to play competitively for the first time since August 2015 but the 14-time major winner believes his game is 'vulnerable' and he has opted not to participate in either California this week, or in the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

"After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be," Woods said in a statement.

"When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn't have committed.

"I spent a week with the US Ryder Cup Team, an honour and experience that inspired me even more to play.

"I practised the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn't ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation's event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.

"I would like to apologise and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn't what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I'm close, and I won't stop until I get there."

Woods has undergone two back surgeries since finishing tied for tenth at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 and as a result he missed all four majors in a calendar year for the first time in his career.

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