Usually we think of spring as the season of reawakening, but this year it will be the autumn that sees a much awaited return. Tiger Woods announced yesterday that he is targeting three fall events for his return to professional golf.
On his website, Tiger said that he “hopes” to play in the Safeway Open (which used to be known as the Frys.com Open), in Napa, Calif., October 13-16, which, given the wraparound season, is actually the first event of the PGA Tour’s 2016-7 campaign. Noting that he “still has work to do,” Tiger wrote, “my hope is to have my game ready to go.” If so, it also will go to the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open, November 3-6 in Belek, Turkey, and the PGA Tour’s Hero World Challenge, December 1-4 in the Bahamas, where he is the host and the benefitting charity is his Tiger Woods Foundation. Furthermore, he will play in the Tiger Woods Invitational, October 10-11 on the Monterey Peninsula.
How has he been spending his downtime? It was recently reported that Tiger went to parent’s day at daughter Sam’s school, while on his website Woods said that he has been working on golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of his foundation, and a book about the 1997 Masters. He finished by writing, “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.”