Tiger Woods is finally ready to come back to competitive golf after undergoing a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back in September 2015, followed a month later by a secondary procedure to clean up the work done in Utah by Woods' surgeon, Dr. Charles Rich.
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After his Sept. 16 procedure, Woods did not give a timeline for his return to professional golf, but he did suggest a return in "early 2016." It didn't work out that way. However, Woods, after a 13-month absence from the PGA Tour shocked the golf world on Sept. 7, announcing he intends to play in three events in 2016: the Safeway Open from Oct. 11-14, the European Tour's Turkish Airlines Open from Nov. 3-6 and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from Dec. 1-4.
The original indication after the microdiscectomy suggested Woods was looking to return in time for the Masters and the start of majors season. Following the second procedure, Woods would rightly be reluctant to put out a target date for his return. It may not be until the U.S. Open in June, if at all.
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