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Tiger Woods commits to Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

Tod Leonard, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods has committed to the Farmers Insurance Open and will begin his 2017-18 PGA Tour season at Torrey Pines.

FIO Tournament Director Peter Ripa got the official word on Thursday morning.

"It's awesome," Ripa said. "There's a feeling that this comeback is different, with the eye test we got at the Hero World Challenge. He hit shots, he looked strong. There's a national anticipation for this."

Woods, who recently turned 42, is making the choice to return to the site of eight of his PGA Tour victories, including the 2008 U.S. Open on the Torrey Pines South Course.

The Farmers will be played Jan. 25-28.

Woods had previously committed to play in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, Feb. 15-18. Woods' foundation is a beneficiary for the Los Angeles event.

In 2017, Woods also made his return to golf at Torrey Pines, coming off a 17-month layoff. He missed the cut, shooting 2-over-par 74 on the South Course on Thursday and even-par 72 on the North on Friday. It was the first time in Woods' career that he missed the cut at Torrey.

The week after the Farmers, Woods traveled overseas to play in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic, scored 77 in the opening round and then had to withdraw with back spasms.

Woods didn't play in an official tournament the rest of the year and underwent fusion surgery on his lower back.

In early December, he returned to competition at the limited-field Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas and played well, shooting 8-under 280 to tie for ninth place.

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