Tiger Woods to play at Safeway Open

Tiger Woods officially committed to play in his first tournament in more than a year, the PGA Tour announced on Friday.  

Woods announced last month that he was targeting next week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., to end a 14-month layoff after multiple back procedures. Woods had until Friday to remove his name from the roster of players for the Tour’s 2016-17 season-opening event.

The 14-time major champ hasn’t played a competitive round of a PGA Tour event since Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

Woods, 40, has 79 Tour victories on his resume, the last coming at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods underwent two surgeries on his back last fall. 

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Woods said last month that he has been “smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it.” He also said he aimed to pay two other tournaments by year’s end: Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, and the Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, at Albany in the Bahamas. 

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said last month. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.  … It could be a fun fall.”

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