It will be a Presidents Cup reunion of sorts when Tiger Woods makes his way to the first hole at Torrey Pines' South Course alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman on Thursday. Only this time, Tiger will be teeing it up.
The PGA Tour announced tee times and pairings for the first and second rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open, and there will be a lot of eyes on the trio of Americans. Of course, most will be fixated on Woods, who will make his first official PGA Tour start since missing the cut at this event last year.
The trio will play the more difficult South Course on Thursday and the North Course on Friday. Woods and Reed bonded during the 2016 Ryder Cup, where Woods was the U.S. vice captain overseeing a pod of four players that included Reed, the five-time PGA Tour winner who idolized Tiger growing up.
“He has nothing else to prove,” Reed said in November. “People are putting all these expectations on him. Is he gonna come back? Is he gonna play well? Who cares? We’re just glad to have him back. We all want a healthy Tiger."
Woods underwent a fourth back surgery last April, but returned to action last month at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished T-9 in an 18-man field. The former World No. 1 has eight career wins as a pro at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open.