Former No. 1 golfer in the world Tiger Woods is making his latest PGA comeback Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
This will be the first time Woods has played at a PGA event since his back surgery 10 months ago that sidelined his comeback attempt last year.
He’s since been recuperating from the fusion surgery on his lower back, his fourth back surgery in three years. Woods returned to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December and tied for ninth, 10 shots shy of the lead.
“I was good with my irons, I drove it pretty good all week, and made some good putts,” Woods said after the tournament. “Overall I’m very pleased. I showed some good signs, I hit some really good shots out there and (think there’s) a bright future.”
Woods won the Famer Insurance Open seven times, the latest in 2013. He also won his most recent major championship at Torrey Pines in 2008, the last time the U.S. Open was held there.
“Tiger shares a rich history with Torrey Pines Golf Course, and with the Farmers Insurance Open, in particular. We are excited to have him join our field once again, alongside some of the game’s greats,” Century Club of San Diego CEO Peter Ripa said. “His legacy already cemented, we look forward to, together with our fans, watching as Tiger writes the latest chapter of his storied career.”
Also at the Jan. 25-28 tournament will be tournament champion and world No. 4 John Rahm, No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 7 Rickie Fowler, and three-time Farmers Insurance Open champion and San Diegan Phil Mickelson.
Also playing at the tournament are Poway High School alum and four-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman and San Diego State alumni J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele, who won the 2017 FedExCup playoffs-ending tour championship and was awarded the PGA Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year honor earlier this year.