Los Angeles - Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will both
make their first competitive appearances of the year at the Farmers
Insurance Open from January 23-26.
McIlroy revealed earlier this week he will be making his second
consecutive appearance at Torrey Pines in California, while Woods also
announced he will be bidding for an eighth victory at the same event.
The duo then both take the following week off before returning to
action in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, where Woods
also serves as tournament host.
“Excited for this season to begin,” Woods tweeted.
“See you soon west coast.”
Every PGA Tour event Woods enters now will give him the opportunity
to set the outright record for PGA Tour victories, having equalled Sam
Snead's record haul of 82 titles when he won the inaugural Zozo
Championship in Japan in October - and the excitement starts at Torrey
“The fact that Tiger will have his first opportunity to set the
all-time record for PGA TOUR wins at the Farmers Insurance Open is truly
fitting,” said Marty Gorsich, CEO of the Century Club of San Diego,
which operates the event.
“Tiger has had such remarkable success here, dating back to his
eighth career victory when he won this tournament for the first time in
1999. What he has done since returning from his back injuries has been
great for the game of golf, and we are excited to welcome him back for a
fourth consecutive year.”
Woods also expressed his delight at the Genesis Invitational being
given elevated status by the PGA Tour. He now hosts the event every
year, having made his PGA Tour debut there as a teenage amateur in 1992.
The Genesis Invitational will be held from February 13-16 at The Riviera Country Club.