Tiger Woods postpones comeback

Tiger Woods' long-awaited comeback will have to wait a bit longer, after the former World No 1 confirmed his withdrawal from this week's Safeway Open.

Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte was the first to break the news that Woods would be putting his comeback on hold, while USA Today also confirmed the news via an anonymous source.

Woods himself later confirmed the news on his website, adding that he would also not play in the Turkish Airlines Open in early November.

"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," he wrote.

"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."

On Monday, Notah Begay III told Golf Channel that Woods still had "some concerns about the sharpness of his game."

“He just didn’t feel like his game is where he wanted it to be to be competitive," Begay said. 

The news will come as a huge blow to tournament officials at the Safeway Open, who saw their ticket sales double from last year after news broke that Woods would be participating.

"You’ve got to break the ice sometime," said a disappointed tournament host Johnny Miller. "I hope that he picks the right spot."

Woods has spent more than a year on the sidelines recovering from two back surgeries.

It's unclear whether he will still play in the the Hero World Challenge, starting on December 1.