Sep 09, 2016

    Woods hopes to return in Oct


    TIGER Woods said on Wednesday he hopes to return to competitive golf next month at a tournament in California.

    But the 14-time major champion warned his much-anticipated return would depend on his continued recovery.

    "My rehabilitation is

    to the point where I'm comfortable making plans but I still have work to do," the 40-year-old Woods,

    who has not played competitively since August 2015, said.

    "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery.

    "My hope is to have my game ready to go," said Woods, who has been recuperating from

    back surgery since his

    last tournament.

    He is hoping to return to competition from Oct 13

    to 16 at the Safeway Open in Napa, California.

    That event is the first

    of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

    He then hopes to travel to Antalya for the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

    "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," he said.