Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Woods to delay golf return

Team USA Vice-Captain Tiger Woods watching the Singles Matches during the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota.

Woods first announced on September 7 that he planned to play three times by the end of the year, starting with the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

"Goosen said it will be very exciting to have Tiger Woods in the field this week, I wish him all the best for his first event back", the South African golfer said on Monday.

More ominous than Woods' announcement Monday that he won't be playing this week's Safeway Open after all was his withdrawal from the Turkish Airlines Open.

Woods said he plans to play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, a tournament that benefits his foundation. He committed to play in the Safeway Open last Friday. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery". Since then, the PGA Tour has touted his return in a press release.

Woods has been sidelined by serious back problems for a number of years, having undergone three operations during a 19-month spell.

Golf's dominant figure for much of the 21st century, Woods has not played competitively since August 2015 but is now ready to make his comeback after recovering from a third surgical procedure on his troublesome back.

Tiger Woods tees off on the sixth hole during the pro-am at the Wyndham Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Tiger was set to play with Phil Mickelson for the first two rounds of this week's tournament. It's now unclear if he'll play in those events, particularly if he is unhappy with the state of his game.

Chamblee described a "perfect storm" of issues that have simultaneously beset 14-times major champion Woods. But Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III, who is a close friend of Woods and former college teammate at Stanford, suggests otherwise.

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