Tiger Woods tees off the 14th hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 22, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photograph: (Getty)
Injuries kept Woods away from competitive golf for over a year and the former world number one's ranking has plummeted to 767
Former world number one Tiger Woods is set to make a long-awaited return to competitive golf at next week’s Safeway Open in Napa, California, the PGA Tour said on Friday, Reuters reported.
The American golfer, who has been a 14-time major champion, was sidelined for over a year while recovering from multiple back surgeries.
The Safeway Open is the first event on the 2016-2017 PGA Tour and will be played from October 13 to 16 at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Woods has not played competitive golf since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 and his ranking slid to 767 after his break.
Woods had said last month that depending on his "continued progress and recovery" he hoped to play in Napa, the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge in December, Reuters reported.
The 40-year-old golfer has competed in only 18 events on the PGA tour since the end of 2013 while tackling injuries and poor form, recording just one top-10 finish along with six missed cuts and three withdrawals.
"It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn't rush it," Woods said last month. "I still have work to do.”, Reuters reported.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)