Tiger Woods relishing Torrey Pines return

Tiger Woods cannot wait to make his first PGA Tour start of the year at Torrey Pines in this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020
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Tiger Woods returns to action this week, making his first start on the PGA Tour of 2020 at this week's Farmers Insurance Open. The big cat hasn't played on the PGA Tour since winning the ZOZO Championship, but Woods is relishing his return given his history at Torrey Pines.

Woods has won the event at Torrey Pines seven times and captured his third U.S Open there in 2008. Victory this week would be Woods' 83rd win on the PGA Tour, the most in the Tour's history and he's certainly excited about his return.

"I've always have enjoyed coming down here to Torrey Pines," Woods said. "It's been near and dear to my heart for a number of years and I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing.

"I feel like I ended the year [2019] on a good note, and I felt like my game really didn't need a whole lot of dusting off. I didn't touch a club until my birthday (December 30).

"That was the only day I touched a club since the Presidents Cup. Just wanted to get away from it, I was a little bit fried physically, mentally, emotionally and just wanted to have it all end."

Woods is paired with Jon Rahm and Colin Morikawa for his opening two rounds, while Rory McIlroy also returns to the PGA Tour in his hunt for the world No.1 spot.

The 15-time major champion is currently ranked sixth in the world and he'll be hoping to stay there and even climb the rankings, as his desire to represent the USA at the Tokyo Olympics continues to grow.

"I think, for the US guys, we're going to have to play well (to qualify for the Olympics)," Woods added. "There are a lot of us that are in the top 15.

"I think I just, may have just fallen back into it, in the fourth slot but there's so much golf to be played, so many big events, major championships, The Players, World Golf Championships.

"There's a lot of golf to be played (before the Olympics) and there will be some pretty good fluctuating over the next six months."

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