Tiger Woods just made his first PGA Tour start of 2020 official

January 9, 2020

It’s official: Tiger Woods will make his first PGA Tour start of the new year on the familiar fairways of Torrey Pines’ South Course in La Jolla, Calif.

On Thursday, Woods confirmed that he will play the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open, which will be played Jan. 23-26, according a blog post on Woods’ official website.

While the announcement is news, it’s hardly a surprise. Though he hadn’t officially committed to the event publicly until Thursday, most observers assumed Woods would choose to make his first start of 2020 at the Farmers, as he has done for the last three years. Making his decision easier was his long, prolific history of success at the tournament and Torrey’s South Course in general.

Tiger Woods pictured during the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Tiger Woods pictured during the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
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Tiger has won the Farmers Insurance Open a record seven times. His first win there came in 1999 when the tournament was known as the Buick Invitational, though he has not finished on top at the Farmers since 2013 when he was in the midst of a five-win season.

His other victory at Torrey Pines was undoubtedly one of his most memorable. At the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods fought through pain from a fractured leg to defeat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole Monday playoff on the South Course and secure his 14th major title.

Woods also announced that he would play the 2020 Genesis Invitational three weeks after the Farmers. He’s the host of the Genesis, which is operating as an Invitational event for the first time this year.

The Genesis is set to take place at iconic Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Feb. 13-16.

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