Tiger Woods appears to have cemented the first stop on his 2018 schedule.
Multiple reports, from the San Diego Union-Tribune and Golf Channel, confirm Tiger Woods will play in the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif., from Jan. 25-28. Woods’ commitment was confirmed by tournament director Peter Ripa. Woods himself hasn’t announced his intention to play the event.
Tiger Woods has enjoyed tremendous success at the public facility dating back to his junior golf days. He’s won this event seven times in his career, and he claimed the 2008 US Open in a 19-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate for his 14th and, to date, his final major.
Woods played in the tournament in 2017, missing the cut after rounds of 76 and 72 on the South and North Courses at the 36-hole site. Before that, he withdrew from the tournament in 2015, citing the now-famous “glute activation” problem.
In his year-end blog post, Woods said he wanted to return to playing what he dubbed a “full” schedule but did not indicate which tournaments would comprise such a schedule. Now we have a better sense of his first two planned starts, with the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open kicking things off and a likely start three weeks later at the 2018 Genesis Open, the Los Angeles-area event at Riviera Country Club which his TGR Live runs and his Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary charitable beneficiary.