Tiger to make ’18 debut at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods officially announced Thursday that he will make his 2018 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines outside of San Diego Jan. 25-28.

It will mark Woods’ first start in an official PGA Tour event since the same tournament last year. He made his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial event, last month following a 10-month absence. He finished ninth in the 18-player field, and has said that he will set his 2018 schedule around building up toward the major tournaments.

Woods, 42, has won the Torrey Pines event seven times, most recently in 2013. He also won the most recent of his 14 majors at the venue back in 2008.

Woods also announced that he will play the Genesis Open at Riviera, which is run by the Tiger Woods Foundation, beginning Feb. 15. He made his PGA Tour debut at Rivera as a 16-year-old.

“I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time,” Woods said on his website. “To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

Woods made his return at the event in the Bahamas last month, the same place he made his ill-fated return in 2016. He played at Torrey Pines as part of an aggressive early-season schedule in 2017, but withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February due to back spasms.

Woods ultimately underwent a fourth back operation in April, this time to fuse the back. He has started only four tournaments since August of 2015.

The first major of the year is the Masters in April.

–Field Level Media

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