Tiger Woods has confirmed he will participate in the opening event of the new PGA Tour season, which starts on October 13 in California.
The 40-year-old is also in the field for the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open at the beginning of November.
Woods has however admitted that he still has “work to do”, as he bids to complete his rehabilitation after a year out. The 14-time major champions has been out of action since September 2015, when he underwent back surgery.
In October, he also had a follow-up procedure due to unforeseen complications, but he is confident his fitness levels are much better now.
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.
“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. 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. 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.
“But I missed competing. I want to thank all the fans for their kindness and concern. I’ve been a pro about 20 years, and their support has never waned.”