LOS ANGELES – (Staff report from News Release) – Golfing legend Tiger Woods committed to play at the Genesis Open, marking his return to the tournament where he made his first PGA Tour start. The regular PGA Tour event is scheduled to be played Feb. 16-19, 2017 in Los Angeles. Woods was a high school sophomore when he played in what was then-known as the Nissan Los Angeles Open in 1992. He was a runner-up at Riviera Country Club in both 1998 and 1999 but has not played the event since 2006.
“This is where it all started for me,” Woods said. “It was my first PGA Tour event, I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds, and it was a life-changing moment for me.”
Woods’ commitment is not a surprise given that the tournament, which was called the Northern Trust Open last season, now benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods made his return to competitive golf earlier this month, finishing 15th out of the 17 players competing at the Hero World Challenge in his first start in nearly 16 months.