Tiger Woods announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be returning to PGA National for the 2017 edition of the Honda Classic. The Honda Classic is one of several events that Woods has committed to over the past several days, and with that, the start of the 2017 schedule is set for Tiger.
Woods will start his 2017 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines January 26th through the 29th. Tiger is no stranger to Torrey Pines, having won there seven times as a professional, including famously winning the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg in a playoff over Rocco Mediate. That was also his last major championship won. After Torrey Pines, Tiger will fly halfway around the world to compete in the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic the following week. Woods has had limited success when teeing it up in Dubai, having won the Desert Classic twice, most recently in 2008.
From Dubai, he will head back to the States and take a week off before heading back to California and Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open. While Woods has not played the Riviera event since 2006, his foundation is now running the tournament. Tiger will then return to the Honda Classic. In total he will play four tournaments in a five week span to start the year.
“It’s so great to see Tiger Woods back swinging a golf club and competing again,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “He has been such a big part of the growth that we have experienced at The Honda Classic since he moved to Jupiter Island. I know that his presence at this year’s tournament will generate enormous excitement amongst the fans and his fellow competitors who appreciate the challenges he has faced the past year and a half becoming healthy again.”
When Woods tees it up at the Farmers Insurance Open, it will be hist first full field PGA Tour event since August of 2015.
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