Woods will open 2011 campaign at Torrey Pines, one of his favorites

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Tiger Woods is eager to return to Torrey Pines, which he missed in both 2009 and 2010.
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Tiger Woods will be starting his season in San Diego this week.

Woods has officially entered the Farmers Insurance Open, which has become the traditional start of his season since 2006. He has won the last five times he played Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

He has not played the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines the last two years, missing in 2009 while recovering from knee surgery and last year while dealing with personal problems related to his extramarital affairs.

Woods hasn’t won since the Australian Masters in November 2009. However, he sounded optimistic in remarks made on his Twitter feed.

He said on Twitter: “I’ve been working hard on my game, it’s game time hooah!!”

Woods will arrive at Torrey Pines ranked third in the world, though, as he dropped out of the No. 2 spot Sunday when Martin Kaymer won in Abu Dhabi and overtook him. Lee Westwood, who took over the No. 1 spot in late October, remains there.

“We’ll see how long it takes him to overtake me again,” Kaymer said Sunday.

Master champion Phil Mickelson dropped to a No. 5 ranking. He had been sharing fourth with U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, who tied for third in Abu Dhabi.

Mickelson finished 37th Sunday. He says he doesn’t dwell on the rankings and is concentrating on the upcoming majors.

Westwood, meanehile, is planning to skip golf's richest event this year because of PGA Tour restrictions put on him.

The world No. 1 is not a member of the circuit in America, preferring to devote more time to his family, and is therefore leaving the Players Championship in Florida in May off his schedule.

As a non-member, Westwood is allowed only three regular tournament appearances outside the majors and World Championship events, and he has decided Sawgrass simply doesn’t fit in with his plans. Rory McIlroy has already said he might miss it too after deciding to end his PGA Tour membership this season.

"There is a five-week gap between the Masters and the Volvo World Match Play in Spain (on May 19-22, one week after the Players) and I want to play a couple of events in there," said Westwood. "I've said I will support the European Tour, so I am going to Asia."

The English golfer's other starts in America will be the Honda Classic in Florida in March, because it is the week between two World Championships there, the Shell Houston Open to warm up for the following week's Masters, and his defense of the title in Memphis the week before the U.S. Open in June.

"It's something I can't control," Westwood added.


Comments

hubertchevre

I bet it won't last long ...! Tiger is the best , and he'll be back, even though Kaymer and Westwood are also great players !!
People are not aware of the reason why Tiger has lost his n°1 ranking : he had 332 pts on the past 24 months (31 tournaments) and Westwood had 387 pts ( 47 tournaments) : But the rule is that your points are divided by the number of tournaments you've played , but with a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 58 ! So, Westwood was given more points than Tiger, but only because the score of Tiger was divided by 40, instead of 31, the real number of tournaments ...
Anyway, Westwood deserved his crowning, but it's partly because Tiger stopped playing several months ...
2011 will be a very interesting season, for sure !!...

golfr12006

I think it will be a while before he overtakes Kaymer. No one is as solid as him, Graeme Mcdonald, and a host of other young players right now. Lovin the new transition to the new competition and feel on the PGA. Woods? We will have to see, but I am betting it will be a while.