Woods, McIlroy to play Farmers Insurance Open

We know it’s one of his favourites…because he’s won there seven times. So it’s no real surprise that Tiger Woods will make his 2019 calendar debut at this week’s Farmer’s Insurance Open.

Yet Woods will have a new opponent, as far as this event is concerned.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)

Rory McIlroy has also committed to play at Torrey Pines, and it will be the first time the Northern Irishman has played there.

Those two join a formidable line-up that includes Aussie former world No 1 Jason Day as well as current No.1 Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed making it the first full field marquee event of 2019.

Woods has an incredible record at Torrey Pines, including winning the 2008 US Open when it was played there.

He has also won the Farmers Insurance event in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Woods has also committed to playing in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles on February 14-17 where he doubles as the tournament host.

Woods hasn’t been seen on the PGA Tour since that memorable Tour Championship win in September when he walked up the 18th fairway enroute to victory through a crowd of enthusiastic fans.

That win was the 80th of his Tour career, putting him just two shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record.

Woods will look to better last year’s performance at Riviera when, in his first appearance there since 2006, he missed the cut.

The Riviera Country Club was the site of Woods’ first PGA Tour event in 1992, competing on a sponsor’s exemption as an amateur.

Woods’ TGR Live manages the Genesis Open and proceeds from the tournament benefit his TGR Foundation.

“I’m looking forward to being back in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open,” Woods said.

“It’s always great to be able to play at Riviera and I am very proud of the impact the Genesis Open has been able to make on education through my foundation.”