Golf: Woods to take first stab at record 83rd victory at Farmers Insurance Open

An April 2019 photo shows Woods celebrating as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.
An April 2019 photo shows Woods celebrating as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Tiger Woods will have his first crack at securing a record-setting 83rd PGA Tour victory in two weeks in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, the former world number one said on Thursday (Jan 9).

Woods, who tied Sam Snead at the top of the all-time PGA Tour wins list when he triumphed at the Zozo Championship in Japan last October, has won eight times at Torrey Pines.

The tournament, which will be held from Jan 23-26, has been Woods' usual first start to the year. He joins a loaded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Zander Schauffele.

Woods announced his plans on his official Twitter account while also saying he will tee up at the Feb 13-16 Genesis Invitational, where the 15-times major champion is tournament host.

“Excited for this season to begin @FarmersInsOpen and @TGRLiveEvents’ @thegenesisinv, our first year as an invitational,” Woods tweeted. “See you soon west coast.”

Since equalling Snead's record, Woods has competed in two unofficial events last month. He finished fourth in the 18-man Hero World Challenge before posting a 3-0 record as a playing captain for the victorious US side at the Presidents Cup.

Woods, who turned 44 last month, began the 2019-20 season with a victory at the Zozo Championship.

He has a history of success at Torrey Pines, winning eight times at the oceanside layout, most recently in 2013. It is also where he won the 2008 US Open and where next year’s US Open will be contested.

Woods is set to make his 85th major start in April at Augusta National, where he will try and capture his sixth Masters green jacket to match the career record held by Jack Nicklaus, who also owns the all-time major win mark of 18.