Ladies And Gentlemen, Tiger Woods Is Back

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“Blow the trumpet in Augusta; sound the alarm on Bay Hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the CAT is coming.”

This is not a drill. Alert all of those around. Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played a competitive round of golf in over a year, announced that he plans to return to the game this fall.

From Golf Channel:

Woods announced Wednesday that he “hopes” to make his long-awaited return to competition Oct. 13-16 at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

The Tour’s season opener will be the first of three events that Woods will play before the end of the year: He also intends to tee it up in the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) and Hero World Challenge (Dec. 1-4).

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortbale making plans, but I still have work to do,” he said in a statement released on his website. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”

You hear that? He “hopes” to make his long-awaited return. This isn’t Tiger playing nine on a simulator in his sweats or dunking three consecutive 100-yard tee shots into the drink during a charity event; we’re talking about some of the highest profile tournaments of the year in the Safeway Open and Hero World Challenge that he “hopes” to play in. The Masters of Napa Valley and Albany respectively.

That’s good enough for me. Tiger’s officially back.

I can see it now. Tiger starts slow Thursday, stirs up excitement with a bounce back round Friday to make the cut, falls off Saturday and withdraws — citing back problems. This becomes an annual event, we get more jazzed up with each improbable return, and I’ll buy in like a battered housewife thinking this time around with her man is going to be different. Welcome back, Tiggy.

[via Golf Channel]

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