Get ready, Los Angeles.
Tiger Woods will play in the Genesis Open, the tournament announced Tuesday. The tournament, formerly known as the Northern Trust Open, will be contested Feb. 16-19 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
“I’m very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open,” said Woods, whose first PGA Tour start came at this event in 1992. The tournament was then called the Nissan Los Angeles Open and Woods, as an amateur, missed the cut.
“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.”
The announcement isn’t a surprise, though. Woods’ foundation now hosts the event, which will benefit the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.
However, it remains to be seen where Woods will tee it up on the PGA Tour before then. Many expect him to play in the Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 26-29 at Torrey Pines, where he’s won eight times, including the 2008 U.S. Open. He also played the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015; the 2017 edition of that event is scheduled for Feb. 2-5, the same week as the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic, which Woods won in 2006 and ’08.
Also, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will take place Feb. 9-12. Woods won that event and a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000.
Of course, Woods wouldn’t play all of these events. If he did, that would mean four straight weeks of competition. Playing one or two of them, though, is entirely possible. (The best bets are Torrey Pines and Dubai.)
Woods, who turns 41 on Dec. 30, returned to competition earlier this month at the Hero World Challenge and finished 15th out of 18 players. It was Woods’ first start in nearly 16 months as he was recovering from two back operations in the fall of 2015.