January 4, 2018 / 6:14 PM / 12 days ago

Golf-Tiger to start 2018 campaign at Farmers Insurance Open

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods will make his much-anticipated 2018 debut at this month’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, his first official PGA Tour event since missing the cut at the same tournament last year.

Woods, who returned to competition last month in an 18-man exhibition after a near 10-month layoff during which he had spinal fusion surgery, will also play the Feb. 15-18 Genesis Open at Riviera, which is run by the Tiger Woods Foundation.

”I‘m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods, 42, said in a statement on his website on Thursday.

”I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time. To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

The American 14-times major champion swung freely and with no sign of back pain at last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he began his latest comeback and finished tied for ninth in a field including eight of the world’s top 10 golfers.

The Farmers Insurance Open begins on Jan. 25 at Torrey Pines. (Reporting by Frank Pingue, editing by Ed Osmond)

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