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Woods says he hopes to return next month

  • FILE - In this July 31, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015.
 (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this July 31, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods smiles as he answers a question during a news conference prior to the start of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015.
 (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods smiles as he answers a question during a news conference prior to the start of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 31, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015.
 (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this July 31, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament, in Gainesville, Va. Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods says he hopes to play next month in the PGA's Safeway Open in Napa, California, his first competitive golf since August 2015.

The winner of 14 major tournaments, Woods has been recovering from back surgery and missed all four majors for the first time in his pro career.

Woods made the announcement on his website . The Safeway Open is Oct. 13-16.

He says "my rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do. Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

Woods also says he hopes to compete in several other events before the end of the year, including the Turkish Open Nov. 3-6.