Woods to make Fall Series start at Frys.com
Monday, September 5, 2011
Tiger Woods said yes. And the Frys.com Open said wow.
“It certainly is the biggest day in Frys.com Open history,” said Duke Butler, tournament president.
He was referring to Woods’ commitment today to play the Oct. 6-9 PGA Tour event at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., located about 40 minutes south of Woods’ Stanford University alma mater.
Because of left-leg injuries, Woods has played only 117 competitive holes since he tied for fourth at the Masters in April, the last tournament being a missed cut at the PGA Championship Aug. 12. Since he missed qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs, he said then he might add a Fall Series event to his schedule before heading to play in Australia and Asia this fall.
"I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly," Woods, who grew up in Cypress in southern California, said on his website. "I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends.”
One of them is Butler. He was the Tour’s tournament director of rules and competition when Woods played in the 1993 Nissan Los Angeles Open as a teenager. Butler also served as executive director of the first Woods-hosted AT&T National tournament in 2007. Butler hosted Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, at CordeValle during last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
“This certainly will have significant economic impact on Santa Clara County,” Butler said, referring to the seventh Tour event sponsored by Frys.com. “Last year our total attendance for the week was 25,000. We’ll certainly more than double it for the week. We’ll probably have 75,000.”
Woods said he’ll be “anxious to compete” after yet another long competitive layoff.
He will do so on a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that opened in 1999, three years after Woods left Stanford and turned professional following three consecutive U.S. Amateur victories. The Frys.com Open began in 2007 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was held there for three years before moving to CordeValle in 2010. Frys also sponsored two events in Las Vegas.
Rocco Mediate won last year’s tournament by one stroke over Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt. Mediate holed out full shots for eagle each day.