Woods hoping to make competitive return next month

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Posted: Sep 07, 2016 11:46 AM

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods hopes to make his competitive return to golf next month, beginning with the Safeway Open in Napa, California.

The 14-time major winner also said on Wednesday he intends to compete at the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge in December.

Woods last played in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 and has been recovering from multiple back surgeries, which have kept him out of action for more than a year.

"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 (www.tigerwoods.com).

"Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

The former world number one missed all four majors in a calendar year for the first time in 2016, and made just 11 tournament appearances in 2015.

(Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)