SAN DIEGO (January 4, 2018) – Tiger Woods, a seven-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open, has committed to play in the 2018 tournament, The Century Club of San Diego announced today.
Woods will play for the first time in 2018 at the January 25-28 PGA TOUR event at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. He won the Farmers Insurance Open in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013, and earned his most recent major championship victory in a 19-hole playoff at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008.
In addition to his seven victories at the Farmers Insurance Open, the 79-time PGA TOUR winner has finished in the top 10 six other times in 15 appearances. He is the tournament’s all-time leading money winner, with $6,856,015.
“Tiger shares a rich history with Torrey Pines Golf Course, and with The Farmers Insurance Open, in particular. We are excited to have him join our field once again, alongside some of the game’s greats,” said The Century Club of San Diego CEO, Peter Ripa. “His legacy already cemented, we look forward to, together with our fans, watching as Tiger writes the latest chapter of his storied career.”
Woods returned to competitive golf at December’s Hero World Challenge after missing 10 months due to a fourth back surgery, and finished tied for ninth in the limited-field event.
“I was good with my irons, I drove it pretty good all week, and made some good putts,” Woods said after the tournament. “Overall I’m very pleased. I showed some good signs, I hit some really good shots out there and (think there’s) a bright future.
Tickets for the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.FarmersInsuranceOpen.com. Adult grounds tickets are $50, with upgraded VIP tickets starting at $85. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, veterans, and youth 13-17. Tickets are complimentary for active duty military, reservists, retired military and dependents, and for children 12 and under.
Woods joins a stellar list of early commitments that includes defending tournament champion and World No. 4 Jon Rahm, No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 7 Rickie Fowler and three-time Farmers Insurance Open Champion Phil Mickelson. The field is not final until the commitment deadline on Friday, January 19 at 5 p.m. EST.
Among the early commitments are a group of players with San Diego ties, including Poway High School alum and four-time PGA TOUR winner Charley Hoffman as well as San Diego State University alumni J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele, who won the 2017 FedExCup playoffs-ending TOUR Championship and was awarded the PGA TOUR’s 2017 Rookie of the Year honor earlier this year.
In addition to attracting some of the biggest names in the sport, the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open will also feature an array of specialty food and drink offerings showcasing the San Diego flavor and venues to entertain the 100,000-plus spectators who attend the four-day tournament.
New areas open to the public include an expanded Grey Goose 19th Hole which will feature an all new elevated viewing deck which provides panoramic views of the course, a Pétanque course and specialty drinks including the 2018 signature cocktail called, the “Torrey Breeze.” Other public areas of interest include the William Hill Estate Wine Lounge, which offers views alongside par-3 8th green; and the Michelob ULTRA Zone, where fans can enjoy happy hour specials starting at 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a DJ as part of the Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal.