With his back all better and wielding a retro-swing re-crafted with the help of his latest golf guru, Chris Como, Tiger Woods will launch his 2015 PGA season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 29-Feb. 1.
Woods will back that up on the following week joining the field at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, at the Farmers Insurance Open, Feb. 5-8.
In Woods’s last outing at his own tournament in December, the Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Tiger showed signs of renewed vigor in his performance. Yet, he couldn’t overcome a dismal first round 77 and finished tied for last in a field of 18 top-ranked golfers. Texas phenom twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth slaughtered his opponents and won the Challenge by ten strokes over Henrik Stenson.
The 39-year-old Woods needs three more victories to tie Sam Snead (82) for most all-time wins, and four more majors to catch Jack Nicklaus for most major titles (18).
Tiger has never won the Waste Management tournament, played at the TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, but placed in the top five in two in his three entrances.
Of course, another story for Tiger is Torrey Pines, where he has won the Farmers seven times. Moreover, in 2008 Woods defeated Rocco Mediate there in a playoff for the U.S. open, capturing his 14th and last major victory while hobbling around the course with a broken leg.
The golf icon expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming tournaments on his official website, saying, “It will be great to return to Phoenix… The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic, and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf.” Tiger aced the hole in 1997 while thousands of spectators broke into raucous cheer.
Tiger reminisced that Torrey Pines was a special place for him noting, “My pop took me there when I was younger, and I have a lot of special memories of watching the TOUR play there when I was growing up.”
If Woods fails to bring home the bacon on his play over these tournaments he may be able to compensate by selling one of his properties. Golf.com reported that he recently put his 62-acre private island in Sweden’s Lake Mälaren up for sale, replete with Villa, hunting lodge, golf holes, landing strip for propeller planes, and private harbor.
The island once served as home for the golf superstar and his former wife Elin Nordegren.