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Woods says he hopes to return next month

Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year.

Woods said if his rehabilitation from back surgeries keeps going well, he would play the Safeway Open in Napa, California, on Oct. 13-16.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Woods said in a surprise announcement on his website . "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

Woods last played on Aug. 23, 2015, at the Wyndham...

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