(Reuters) – Former world primary Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated 2018 debut at this month’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, his first official PGA Tour occasion since lacking the reduce at the identical event final 12 months.
Woods, who returned to competitors final month in an 18-man exhibition after a close to 10-month layoff throughout which he had spinal fusion surgical procedure, may even play the Feb. 15-18 Genesis Open at Riviera, which is run by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
“I‘m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods, 42, stated in an announcement on his web site on Thursday.
”I haven’t performed at Riviera in a event in a really very long time. To give you the option to play in an occasion that I used to come to as an beginner, as a junior and now because the event host, that’s on some of the historic websites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”
The American 14-times main champion swung freely and with no signal of again ache at final month’s Hero World Challenge, the place he started his newest comeback and completed tied for ninth in a area together with eight of the world’s high 10 golfers.
After that occasion Woods was obscure when requested about his plans for 2018, saying solely that he would set his taking part in schedule round build up towards the golf’s 4 main tournaments.
He will little doubt really feel very snug when he tees it up at Torrey Pines, having gained the occasion seven instances. It can be the venue the place he gained the 2008 U.S. Open for the latest of his 14 main titles.
Woods fell flat in his PGA Tour return at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open the place he missed the reduce by 4 pictures. He then performed the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic and withdrew with again spasms after an opening-round 77.
The Farmers Insurance Open begins on Jan. 25 at Torrey Pines.
Reporting by Frank Pingue, enhancing by Ed Osmond