Tiger Woods withdraws from Safeway Open, comeback on hold

It finally seemed as though Tiger Woods’ comeback would begin this week.

Now golf fans will have to keep waiting.

The star golfer, who last played in August 2015, has withdrawn from the Safeway Open just three days before its start, after “a lot of soul searching and honest reflection.”

He also confirmed in a statement Monday afternoon that he won’t compete in the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3 – 6).

“My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be,” Tiger explained.

“When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge, in Albany.

“I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”

Woods last competed at the Wyndham Championship before undergoing two more back operations.

The Safeway Open kicks off Thursday at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.

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