Tiger Woods commits to play at Torrey Pines, Riviera

Jan. 4 (UPI) — Tiger Woods announced that he will play in the 2018 Genesis Open and start his season with the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods made the declarations on Thursday. The Genesis Open is from Feb. 12 to Feb. 18 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. It will be Woods’ first tournament at the course since 2006.

“I’m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods said in a news release. “I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time. To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

Woods also wrote that he will play in the Farmers Insurance Open from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28 at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. The 42-year-old carded an 8-under at the Hero World Challenge in December, finishing tied for ninth place in the Bahamas.

Woods made his PGA Tour debut in 1992 at Riviera.

He is an 8-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods has never won the Genesis Open.

The 14-time major winner recently celebrated his 42nd birthday by going on a spearfishing trip. He wrote in his blog last week that he has taken his progress to “another level” since returning from a 10-month layoff. Woods also wrote that he “would love to play a full schedule in 2018.”

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