Tigers Woods Announces Plans To Play In 3 Tournaments In 2016

Tiger Woods hasn't competed in a professional golf tournament in over a year as he continues to recover from back surgery, but he will be back on the course this season. 

Woods announced that he intends to play at the Safeway Open in Napa, CA; the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey; and Hero World Challenge (which is run by his foundation) at Albany in the Bahamas.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Tiger said in a statement on his website. "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.

"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 will make his official return at the Tiger Woods Invitational on Oct. 10-11, just days before the Safeway Open (Oct. 13-16). The Turkish Airlines Open is Nov. 3-6, while Hero World Challenge is Dec. 1-4.

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