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Tiger Woods to Play in 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, Genesis Open

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2018

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - DECEMBER 03:  Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the fourth green during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on December 3, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods has committed to play the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open starting Jan. 25 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.

Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel received confirmation of Woods' expected participation Thursday from tournament director Peter Ripa.

Tiger later announced he's also planning to take part in February's 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

The 14-time major champion returned from a 10-month absence, which included fusion surgery on his back, at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last month.

Woods finished tied for ninth in the star-studded 18-player field. He held the lead during the second round but faded from contention after shooting a 75 in Round 3.

He wrote a blog post for his official website in late December, and while he didn't lay out his complete schedule plans for 2018, he sounded an optimistic tone compared to his previous comeback attempts:

"My swing is definitely shorter and I can't turn as far. My back is fused and that's as far as it's going to go. But I was surprised at how explosive I was. And on top of that, how well I putted. I had been rolling it well at home, but it's totally different when you have adrenaline in your system. I'm more than a full-club longer than when I shut it down. I wasn't hitting it very far and was struggling to hit it solid. That's a bad combo."

Woods is a seven-time champion of the Farmers Insurance Open, last winning the title in 2013, and the Genesis Open is organized by his Tiger Woods Foundation.

He raised questions in his blog about being able to play back-to-back weeks, which makes in unclear whether he'll take part in the Honda Classic, an event he played in 2013. If he skips that tournament, his next outing would likely be at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in mid-March.

The Masters, the first major of the 2018 season, is scheduled to kick off April 5.

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