10 Jan 2015

Woods to open season in Phoenix

7:31 am on 10 January 2015

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at this month's Phoenix Open, a tournament he has not played in 14 years.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 14-time major winner was limited to nine tournaments last year due to back issues and has also said he will play the following week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

The Phoenix Open, famous for its massive galleries and an amphitheatre par-three 16th that is the center of the event's party atmosphere, will mark Woods's first event since finishing tied for last at the 18-player Hero World Challenge last month.

In three previous starts at Phoenix, Woods cracked the top five twice, finishing third in 1999 and tied for fifth in 2001. In 1997, he electrified the huge crowds surrounding the par-3 16th hole by making a hole-in-one.

Woods is very familiar with Torrey Pines, where he grew up playing junior golf, and he has won the tournament seven times, most recently in 2013.

The last of his 14 majors came in the 2008 US Open on the South Course at Torrey Pines where he beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff.