Tiger Woods postpones comeback once more

The former World number one is now scheduled to return in December

Tiger Woods postpones comeback once more

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Tiger Woods has yet to tee off competitively in 2016, and fans are going to have to wait a little longer, to see the 14-time major winner in action.

Woods was due to return to action on Thursday, taking part in the Safeway Open, the first event of the 2017 PGA Tour season. The 40-year-old had also committed to taking part in the Turkish Airlines Open. 

The former World number one released a statement on Monday night, with form, and not injury being reported as the reason for the delayed return.

"After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be."

"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 honour 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 apologise 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."

If Woods is to return in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge it will be over 14 months since he last hit a ball in tournament action.