The wait is over... we think.
Tiger Woods took to his website, www.tigerwoods.com, on Wednesday to announce that he hopes to play in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season-opener Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
This is promising news for Woods, who hasn't played on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 (where he finished T10). Until now, Woods has repeatedly said there was "no timetable" for his return from back surgery.
It appears now, however, that we have a timetable -- at least a tentative one -- for the 14-time major champion.
Before all that, Woods will serve as an assistant captain to Davis Love III in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Tiger Woods said Wednesday that he hopes to play in the Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Woods also intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, at Albany in the Bahamas. He will participate in the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI, Oct. 10-11, on the Monterey Peninsula.
"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Tiger said. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.
"I'm looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I'm also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.
"It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn't rush it. It was great spending time with my children Sam and Charlie, and also working on a lot of projects including golf-course design, the upcoming 20th anniversary of my foundation and my book about the 1997 Masters. But I missed competing. 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."