Tiger Woods officially committed to play in next week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, site of his famous Sunday comeback and playoff victory against Rocco Mediate at the ’08 US Open. He even turned in his entry form two days before the Friday deadline. Tiger broke the news via a cryptic tweet on Wednesday morning: “I’ve been working hard on my game, it’s game time hooah!!”
Woods officially entered the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday, which has become the traditional start of his season since 2006. He has won the last five times he played Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.
He has not played the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines the last two years, missing in 2009 while recovering from knee surgery and last year while dealing with personal problems related to his extramarital affairs.
Looks like Tiger is ready to play a full season for the first time since 2007. Even though San Diego has been traditionally the start of his season, perhaps he’s acting on PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s plea to enter more tournaments this year. But what happened to giving advanced notice? Perhaps he wasn’t sure that his game felt ready until last night or this morning…
Whatever. I think everyone is just looking forward to watching him play (and hopefully win!). Torrey Pines better have seen this coming and planned accordingly (added security, etc.). How many press credentials requests do you think tournament directors have been received in the past hour? And what do you predict the bookies are setting the line at for a Tiger win?
Phil Mickelson has also committed to play the event.
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