An early holiday present for Torrey Pines: Tiger Woods to return in 2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

That's what tourney directors looked like when they got the news

Tournament directors rejoiced when they received the merry news that after a year respite, Tiger Woods plans to enter the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. According to San Diego’s 10News, Woods is expected to play in his regular PGA Tour season-opener in January:

Woods is not expected to officially enter the tournament until January, but sources close to both Woods and the Farmers Insurance Open have been told to prepare for his appearance at the event, which would mark his 2013 PGA Tour debut.

Tiger ditched the event in 2012 in lieu of the Abu Dhabi Championship, which reportedly came with an attractive seven-figure appearance fee. He’s already committed to playing in the desert again, but it’s the week prior to the Torrey event, so there’s no conflict.

Everybody wins!

While last year’s Farmers Insurance Open ended in a thrilling yet gut-wrenching manner — with a three-shot lead going into the 72nd hole, Kyle Stanley posted a triple-bogey and ended up losing in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker — the event took a hit in buzz, interest and ratings.

Well, things look more fortuitous for the beloved tour stop in the upcoming season. On that note, Merry Christmas!

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