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Not ready: Tiger Woods backs out of return to tournament action

Tiger Woods has been posted at 40/1 odds by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to win this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour has been delayed yet again. Woods reportedly intends to withdraw from the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., for what is being dubbed as “performance reasons.” Golf Channel and Golf World reporter Tim Rosaforte first reported that Woods was backing out of the tournament, saying that the decision was related not to the status of Woods’ surgically repaired back but to the fact that he is not yet able to perform to his high standards. The tournament begins on Wednesday.

He just didn’t feel like his game is where he wanted it to be to be competitive.

Notah Begay III, Woods’ friend and former Stanford teammate

In September, Woods announced his intention to play in the Safeway Open in October, followed by the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November and his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. However, Woods’ announcement was couched in guarded terms, suggesting that he would consider backing out of any or all of the intended appearances.

Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.

Tiger Woods in a Sept. 7 online posting
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Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont"Tiger" Woods(born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.Following an outstanding amateur and two-year college golf career, Woods turned professional at age 20 in late summer 1996.

Safeway Open

The Safeway Open is a professional golf tournament, part of the PGA Tour. It was first staged in 2007 as the Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was renamed to the Frys.com Open in 2008, and moved to California in 2010, at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin.