Tiger Woods’s next appearance on the PGA Tour became known Wednesday, and, not surprisingly, it’s a place where the golfer has accumulated plenty of happy memories. That would be Torrey Pines in San Diego, site of the Farmers Insurance Open later this month and a course at which Woods has notched eight of his 79 PGA Tour victories.
“We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” the tournament’s chief executive officer, Peter Ripa, said in a statement.
“He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.”
Woods has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times, most recently in 2013, and he also won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. That stands as his most recent victory at a major, and over the past couple of years, Woods has struggled simply to stay healthy and competitive.
His appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open will be his first in a PGA Tour event since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. After recovering from a second back surgery, Woods participated in the Hero World Challenge in December of last year, and he is also set to compete in February’s Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits his charitable foundation.
Scheduled for Jan. 26-29, a weekend that falls between the NFL’s conference title games and the Super Bowl, the Farmers Insurance Open figures to garner considerable national interest. The field also includes Phil Mickelson; Jason Day, the world’s top-ranked player; Dustin Johnson, the PGA Tour’s 2016 player of the year and defending U.S. Open champion; Rickie Fowler; Justin Rose and Farmers defending champion Brandt Snedeker.
With his 79 Tour wins, the 41-year-old Woods is three behind Sam Snead for most all-time.
His quest to top Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major wins, which once seemed all but inevitable, now appears far less likely, but in an October interview with Charlie Rose, Woods laughingly said that he would get “more” than 18 majors.