Woods has won seven regular tour events at Torrey Pines, the last coming in 2013 when he notched a four-shot win. It was the 75th victory of Woods' career, and he's won only four times since.
"It speaks volumes to what he thinks of this golf course," Ripa said of Woods' commitment. "And it's exciting for our town. Shoot, we've taken some knocks in the sports world.
"It's nice to be the center of attention. We shined during the Breeders' Cup (in November) and the baseball All-Star Game (in 2016)."
Torrey Pines, however, hasn't been kind to Woods in recent years. Beyond last year's missed cut, Woods had to withdraw after playing only 11 holes in the first round of the Farmers in 2015.
That's when Woods infamously said his glutes wouldn't "activate." He chalked it up to a fog delay that pushed back the start of his round by more than two hours.
Woods would go on to play a limited schedule the rest of that season, competing nine more times, with a tie for 10th as his best finish.
When Woods won at Torrey Pines in '13, it marked the beginning of his last great -- and winning -- season. He won four more times that year, including the Players Championship, and scored his last victory on Aug. 4, winning by seven shots in the Bridgestone Invitational.
In a blog he posted on his website on Dec. 29, Woods said he was "very optimistic" about 2018 and "looking forward to great things on and off the golf course."
"I was very encouraged by my performance at the Hero World Challenge, and hope it was the start of something big," Woods wrote. "I honestly wasn't sure what to expect after being away from competitive golf for 10 months and came away excited about my health and my game."
Woods said that he was continuing to practice.