Former world number one Tiger Woods is poised to return to action after an absence of over a year.
He disclosed his desire to feature in the Safeway Open in his homeland last month, but the decision was not made official until Woods formally committed to the tournament.
Just hours before the 5pm E.T. deadline for the submission of names, The Tour released a statement revealing Woods’ participation.
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Since his last tournament appearance, the 40-year-old endured several injury laden spells, where he had to undergo two back surgeries in the last 14 months.
However, Woods has admitted that all depends on the progress and recovery of his injuries with him willing to play in the upcoming European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open to be held from November 3-6, as well as the Hero World Challenge the following month.
Golfchannel.com quoted the United States golfer saying: “My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do.
“Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”
He was seen during the recently concluded Ryder Cup, where he served as the vice-captain of the title winning USA team.
Woods will be turning 41 this December, but he remains fully focused on the plans to return to life on the golf course.
Furthermore, before heading north to the Napa, California for the season-opener to participate in the Safeway open, Woods will be playing in the Tiger Woods Invitational on October 10 and 11 at Monterrey Peninsula.
After an announcement about Woods' return was made on Twitter, it's safe to say some users saw it as an opportunity to poke fun out of the golfer.
Ouch. Probably not a fair reaction to one of golf's greats making his long-awaited return.