Tiger Woods Returns To Action After A Year With Injury

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods is set to return to action in October after more than a year out with injury.

The American has twice had back surgery since his last appearance, at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

The former world number one, now ranked 711, aims to play in the Safeway Open in California, starting on 13 October.

“My hope is to have my game ready to go,” said the 40-year-old. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery.”

Woods suggested he will compete in the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

Woods, who will be a non-playing vice-captain with the US Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine later this month, also plans to take part in the Tiger Woods Invitational on 10 and 11 October.

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

Woods had a back operation in March 2014, another in September 2015 and a follow-up procedure to relieve discomfort.

He missed the Masters in April 2016 for only the second time since his debut at Augusta in 1995 and then pulled out of the US Open in June a week before the event because he was not “physically ready”.

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