The Big Cat is out of the bag. Tiger Woods announced Friday he will start his 2015 campaign in back-to-back weeks at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Farmers Insurance Open.
Starting my year off at Phoenix & Torrey back-to-back weeks. I’m ready to go. Should be a lot of fun. http://t.co/sRnFLf6NvM
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 9, 2015
Earlier in the week, Golf.com reported Woods had already made reservations to be in the Phoenix area for the tournament played over Super Bowl weekend at the renovated TPC Scottsdale. Woods hasn't played in the tournament since 2001, when a spectator threw an orange on a green while Woods was putting. The return happens to coincide with Super Bowl XLIX at nearby University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale just after the tournament concludes on February 1.
Woods will then play the next week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, a course on which Woods has won eight times in his career, including his 14th major at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Since 2006, Woods had been making an intercontinental debut, taking large appearance fees to play in one of two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates in January, followed often by a start in San Diego. However, with the U.A.E. tournament sponsors unwilling to pay Woods' rumored $3 million appearance fee in 2015, Woods decided another start in the U.S. would fill that gap in his schedule.