Tiger Woods, the world-renowned golfer, will make his debut next week at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open which was announced by the tournament last week. The PGA Tour event, which takes place annually at the Torrey Pines situated in San Diego, is considered a standard tournament opener for Tiger Woods for several years now. He has managed to win a total of 8 times which includes the U.S Open in 2008. Tiger Woods managed to win the Farmers Insurance Open back in 2013.
The Comeback of Tiger Woods
Woods made his return to golf at Terry Pines a year ago following his spinal fusion surgery, where he managed to tie for 23rd position after starting the week being ranked in 656th position in the world. He is currently ranked in 12th position after he experienced a truly successfully 2018 season which saw him post a total of seven Top 10 finishes in only 18 starts which included his 80th win at the Tour Championship for the PGA Tour.
Woods, who celebrated his 43rd birthday in December, hasn’t managed to play an official event since he claimed a victory on 23 September 2018. After he participated in the Ryder Cup the week thereafter, he played against Phil Mickelson on 23 November 2018 in a one-day game before he managed to finish 16th during the Hero World Challenge during December.
Tiger Woods in 2019
The major champion, who claimed it a total of 14 times, considered participating in the Sentry Tournament of Champions to start off his New Year in Hawaii, but instead, decided to wait a couple of weeks. The Genesis Open is the only other tournament that he announced to participate in, which will start on 14 February 2019 in Riviera.
Beyond that, Tiger Woods has some serious decisions to make. After Riviera, he can choose between the WGC-Mexico Championship. The Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Honda Classic, and the Players Championship, which is the flagship tournament for the PGA Tour. There’s also the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship and the Valspar Championship to consider.
Tiger Woods will most likely play around 5 or 6 times before the Masters. However, he made it crystal clear that he won’t play as often as he did during the 2018 season.
“I won’t be playing as much as I did during the 2018 golfing season,” stated Woods, who managed to play a total of 18 official tournaments during the PGA Tour and the Hero and Ryder Cup tournaments. “I definitely played way too much in 2018 and that included adding another event as I was unable to make the cut in Los Angeles to qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone. I wasn’t expecting to make it through each playoff event, so that alone tells you a lot.”
Tiger Woods will see a strong field at the Farmers Open, including Jason Day as defending champion, Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Dustin Johnson among others.