Tiger Woods to withdraw from Safeway Open

Sep 29, 2016: Chaska, MN, USA; USA team vice captain Tiger Woods watches during practice for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire)
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Tiger Woods’ latest comeback attempt will be put on hold after the former superstar golfer made his intentions of withdrawing from Wednesday’s Safeway Open known on Monday. The 40-year-old golfer will skip the Pro-Am tournament that was scheduled to be the first of his most recent comeback to the sport, according to Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel.

Woods was slated to play with Stephen Curry in the Napa, California-based event, which was set to mark his first-round of competitive golf since August 2015, when Woods played in the Wyndham Championship. Andre Iguodala will also play in the Pro-Am event, which marks the first of the 2016-2017 PGA Tour calendar.

The tandem of Curry and Iguodala notably play for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Woods’ status for the Turkish Airlines Open – set for early November – and the Hero World Challenge – December 1 to 4 – is uncertain now as well. Woods wasn’t satisfied with where his game was entering what would have been his first tournament in 14 months while this setback now could shelve Woods for months.

So, a delay until 2017 could will be in the cards.

His in-between game isn’t where he would like it to be apparently. The next major tournament, which is The Masters, is still six months away, so the 14-time major champion would seemingly still be on track to return and comprise part of the Augusta field.

Woods’ highest finish during the 2014-2015 season was a tie for 10th at Wyndham. He missed four cuts and twice finished worse than 65th. It marked his second straight season where he failed to earn $500,000 on tour. However, his latest performance provided another step down, with his one top 10 finish being well off the pace he would set in 2012-2013 when he posted 17 top 10 results.

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