According to an official statement released by TigerWoods.com on Wednesday morning, Tiger Woods plans on beginning the 2016-2017 season by participating in three events. Per the statement, the once heralded golfer has his eyes set on making his competitive return at the Safeway Open in October.
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” said Woods. “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.”
The 40-year-old has remained sidelined due to a slew of injuries after failing to encounter any success on the golf course in recent years. Most recently, Woods has continued to battle both back and hip trouble, which forced him to undergo surgery in order to attempt a comeback.
“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 added. “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.”