McIlroy was eighth on the Official World Golf Ranking released Sunday. He finished in a three-way tie for fourth in his most recent tournament, the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which concluded Jan. 6.
The 29-year-old from Northern Ireland is a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour, including four majors. His most recent victory was in last year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The field for the tournament to be played Jan. 24-27 at Torrey Pines Golf Course also includes Englishman Justin Rose, the world’s top-ranked player, and sixth-ranked Xander Schauffele, a Scripps Ranch High and San Diego State alumnus.
Tiger Woods has not committed to play. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.
— City News Service
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