Tiger Woods targets return at PGA Tour

We might see Tiger Woods play this year.

On the PGA Tour.

Woods, who hasn’t played a competitive round on the Tour since August 2015, wrote on his website Wednesday that he hopes to play in the Safeway Open on Oct. 13-16 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The tournament marks the opening of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

Woods, who had two surgeries to his back in the fall of 2015, also said he intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open Nov. 3-6 in Antalya, Turkey, and the Hero World Challenge Dec. 1-4 at Albany in the Bahamas, a tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods wrote. “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.”

Woods said it has been difficult to miss tournaments but he was “smart about my recovery and didn't rush it.”

“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,” Woods said. “But I missed competing.”

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