Tiger Woods has revealed his 2017 PGA Tour debut.
The Tiger Woods comeback saga continues.
In an announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, Tiger Woods announced that he’ll officially begin his 2017 PGA Tour season in February at the Genesis Open.
The Genesis Open, which takes place from February 16-19, will be played at Riviera Country Club, which is actually the venue where Tiger, who will turn 41 on December 30, made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur back in 1992. The upcoming event will mark the first time he’s played the Los Angeles tour stop since 2006. In a quote from his website, TigerWoods.com, the 14-time major champion sounds eager to return to the venue where it all began.
"“I’m very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open,” Woods said. “This is where it all started for me. It was my first PGA TOUR event. I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds. It was a life-changing moment for me.”"
After dropping out of a couple of events near the end of this season, Riviera is where many thought Woods might make his return after back surgery last fall kept him out of action for more than a year. However, he was able to compete at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month and shot 4-under for the week, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama. The tournament was very encouraging for Tiger as he shot a 7-under 65 in the second round and actually finished the tournament with more birdies (24) than anyone else in the star-studded 18-man field.
While the Genesis Open is currently set to be his 2017 PGA Tour debut, it will be interesting to see if he chooses to play before that. The Pebble Beach Pro-Am could be an option, but I doubt we’ll see him play in back-to-back weeks right now. However, the Farmers Insurance Open, which is held at Torrey Pines — obviously a place where Tiger has had some success — takes place before the Genesis Open. That tournament begins on January 26, which would give him about six weeks to prep for that and then another three weeks to get ready for Riviera.
Don’t be surprised if we get another announcement soon. But for now, we’ll just sit back and enjoy the fact that we’ll see Tiger Woods at an official PGA Tour event very soon.