Genesis Open 1st on Woods' schedule

Tiger Woods has confirmed plans to play in February's Genesis Open in Los Angeles, returning to the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut for the first time in 10 years.
Tiger Woods has confirmed plans to play in February's Genesis Open in Los Angeles, returning to the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut for the first time in 10 years.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES • Tiger Woods on Tuesday confirmed plans to play in February's Genesis Open in Los Angeles, returning to the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut for the first time in 10 years.

Woods, who returned to golf earlier this month at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas after a 15-month injury lay-off, said he was looking forward to the Feb 16-19 event at the Riviera Country Club in the suburb of Pacific Palisades.

"I'm very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open. This is where it all started for me," Woods said.

"It was my first PGA Tour event, I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds (47.6kg), and it was a life-changing moment for me."

Now aged 40, he has not competed in the Los Angeles event since 2006, when he withdrew after the second round.

Woods has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013 and his title drought in the Major championships dates back to 2008.

  • 24 By appearing at the Genesis Open next February, Tiger Woods will mark 24 years since he made his PGA debut at the Los Angeles event in 1992.

    10 It will be 10 years since the American former world No. 1 last played at the Riviera Country Club.

His charity arm, TGR Live, is the host of the Genesis Open, which benefits the former world No. 1's Tiger Woods Foundation.

"It's an honour to have TGR Live running this historic event that will benefit my foundation," said the 14-time Major champion.

He made an encouraging return to golf in Nassau this month finishing 15th at four-under par 284 in the 18-player event. He made 24 birdies, more than any other player.

So far, the Genesis Open is the only event he has confirmed on his schedule for next year.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'Genesis Open 1st on Woods' schedule'. Print Edition | Subscribe