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Woods returns to the course next week

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Tiger Woods. The golfer will play in his first tournament in over a year next week. (AP Photo)

Tiger Woods officially signed up yesterday for the Safeway Open next week in California, his first tournament in more than a year.

Woods last played in August 2015 at the Wyndham Championship before having two more back operations. He had said last month his plan was to ease back into competition with the Safeway Open, the Turkish Airlines Open and his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas at the end of the year.

Woods had until yesterday afternoon to commit to the Safeway Open, which starts Thursday at Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

He has plunged to number 767 in the world ranking and has not won the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013. That was the 79th of his PGA Tour career, thee short of Sam Snead's record.