Tiger Woods commits to Phoenix Open

2015 01 Tiger Woods
• Former world No.1 to open his season in Arizona
• Hasn't played Phoenix Open for 14 years
• Check out footage of his incredible hole-in-one there in '97


Tiger Woods has confirmed that his first event of 2015 will be the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, which gets underway on January 29.

Woods, currently sitting in 34th place on the official world golf rankings, will be making his first appearance in the Arizona-based tournament for 14 years. He will then follow that up by playing in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines the very next week.

"It will be great to return to Phoenix," said the 39-year-old. "The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic, and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf.

“Torrey is a very important place to me, too. My pop took me there when I was younger, and I have a lot of special memories of watching the tour play there when I was growing up."

Woods has contested the Phoenix Open – the so-called ‘Greatest Show on Grass’ attended by around 500,000 fans during the course of the week – on three previous occasions, most recently in 2001 when he finished tied for fifth. He was also third in 1999 but his fondest memory of the tournament is surely the hole-in-one he had at the aforementioned 16th hole, one of the rowdiest and best spectated holes in golf. You can check out footage of that moment below.

As for Torrey Pines, Woods is no stranger to that particular Californian resort. He has won the Farmers Insurance Open seven times, most recently in 2013, when he posted a four-stroke victory over Brandt Snedeker. Playing with a broken leg, he also won the 2008 US Open on the South Course, beating Rocco Mediate in a play-off.

Healthy again after an injury-plagued 2014 season that saw him make only nine worldwide starts, Woods will be determined to make up for lost time this year and, potentially, close in on the two main records he has in his sights. With 79 PGA Tour wins to his name, he is just three short of matching Sam Snead’s record, whilst his haul of 14 major victories remaining four shy of the total amassed by Jack Nicklaus.

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