Tiger Woods plans 2016/2017 competitive golf return, starting with Safeway Open in October

  • Tiger Woods to play in Napa (October), Turkey (November), and Hero (December) in the Bahamas

Tiger Woods plans to return to competitive golf next month beginning with the Safeway Open, which tees off October 13 through 16, at Silverado Resort, Napa, California.

“Hoping to play in Napa, Turkey, and Hero in the Bahamas. Can’t wait to compete again,” the 40-year old golfer tweeted Wednesday.

Tiger Woods will also be competing in the Turkish Airlines Open, November 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, while his last crucial competition for 2016 will be the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge, which is expected to begin from December 1 through December 4 at Albany in the Bahamas.

The former number 1 golfer, who later slipped to 711th in the world due to inactivity after undergoing back procedures in the fall of 2015, will participate in the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI, Oct. 10-11, on the Monterey Peninsula.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Tiger said. “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. It could be a fun fall.

tiger-woods-designs“It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it. 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,” he writes on his website.