Woods is a seven-time winner of what is now called the Farmers Insurance Open and also won the last of his 14 major championships at the Torrey Pines layout when he overcame Rocco Mediate in a play-off in 2008.
A California native, Woods has traditionally started his year at Torrey Pines and confirmed what most suspected via his official Twitter account overnight Australian time.
The former World Number One also confirmed he would play the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, a tournament his foundation hosts, for the first time since 2006.
Woods’ first appearance on the PGA Tour, as a 16-year-old amateur, came at Riviera in 1992.
“I’m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods said in a statement on the tournament website. “I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time.
“To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”
However, after an encouraging display at his Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas in December there is much excitement about today’s announcement.
Woods last played four rounds in a PGA Tour event in August of 2015 when he finished T10 at the Wyndham Championship.
The last of his 79 PGA Tour victories came at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
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