Tiger Woods will face the largest take a look at of his comeback at one in all his favorite looking grounds when he contests his first PGA Tour occasion since 2015 this week.
Woods has received the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, previously the Buick Invitational, seven instances and in addition received the final of his 14 main titles – the 2008 US Open – at match venue Torrey Pines.
The previous world primary’s final PGA Tour look was a tie for 10th within the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, after which he underwent two bouts of surgical procedure on his again.
The 41-year-old returned to motion in early December on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas, the place he completed 15th within the 17-man discipline regardless of making 24 birdies, the identical as match winner Hideki Matsuyama.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and competing with those guys,” mentioned Woods, who on Wednesday introduced he had signed a deal to make use of TaylorMade gear. “I’ve missed playing. I’ve missed competing and I’m coming back to one of my favourite venues and looking forward to it.”
Woods admits enjoying 4 of the subsequent 5 weeks – together with an extended journey to the Center East for the Dubai Desert Traditional, is a priority, however doesn’t really feel he has something to show.
“I’ve won a few times on Tour and a few majors,” Woods added. “I do know both method I will be part of golf historical past with what I’ve executed. I am simply wanting ahead to competing and enjoying once more.
“You retain constructing, maintain progressing and getting used to enjoying match golf once more. I’ve performed quite a bit at house, however it’s totally different than being out right here at our degree and enjoying in opposition to these guys and the stream of enjoying match golf. I have been away from it for a really very long time.
“I need to have my health at a state where I can prepare and get my game ready to play at an elite level. When I feel that way, I know I can shoot scores and win golf tournaments.”
England’s Andrew Johnston can also be within the discipline at Torrey Pines and is wanting ahead to lastly enjoying in the identical occasion as 79-time PGA Tour winner Woods.
“Every time I’ve played, unfortunately he hasn’t,” Johnston mentioned. “Hopefully I can meet him and say hello and stuff, get to know him a bit because I’m a big fan and obviously watched him for years growing up as a kid.”
Johnston, who will play the primary few months of the season on the PGA Tour earlier than returning to Europe for the BMW PGA Championship in Could, added: “Final 12 months I acquired put ready the place I used to be going forwards and backwards.
“At one point I went from Pittsburgh to Germany back to Bridgestone to Scotland and that was hard work. So if I want to play, I want to be out here for like a month or a month (in Europe) and make sure I’m playing a few tournaments at a time.”