Tiger Woods to start his year at Torrey Pines again

Heather Diaz
January 18, 2019

Tiger Woods will make his 2019 debut at next week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California, tournament organisers confirmed on Wednesday. He had a lackluster T-32 here in 2018, but that was his first major in three years and that result is an anomaly compared to his norm at Augusta.

Woods began his return from spinal fusion surgery a year ago at Torrey Pines, where he tied for 23rd after beginning the week ranked 656th in the world.

"We couldn't be happier to have Tiger back in our field", said Peter Ripa, CEO of the Century Club of San Diego. "The expectations are much different this upcoming year".

At the Hero World Challenge in December-a limited-field event that does not count toward the FedEx Cup-Woods said he played too much previous year and that he'd limit his schedule in 2019. Who knew I could make it through all the playoff events.

He led The Open midway through the final round before fading down the stretch, while he was edged out by Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship before claiming his first PGA Tour title for five years amid memorable scenes at the season-ending Tour Championship. The Farmers is his first official PGA Tour start since his pulsing victory at the Tour Championship.

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Woods, who turned 43 on December 30, has not played an official event since his September 23 victory. "So for me that was a big deal to win a tournament my dad first took me to".

Other golfers who have committed are Jason Day, Justin Rose, San Diego native Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Marc Leishman, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Alex Noren, Gary Woodland and Hideki Matsuyama.

Don't expect Woods to play a busier schedule this year, though.

Tickets for the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open are on sale and may be purchased at farmersinsuranceopen.com/tickets. Tickets are complimentary for active duty military, reservists, retired military and dependents.

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