Tiger Woods will participate in this month’s Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. In a post on Woods’ Twitter feed Friday morning, the golf superstar stated that he will be “starting my year off at Phoenix and Torrey…Should be a lot of fun”.
This will be Woods’ first appearance at the Open since 2001, though the TPC course in Scottsdale was the scene of one of the more memorable moments in Tiger’s career—a hole in one in front of thousands of raucous fans on the tournament’s legendary 16th hole in 1997. But after finishing fifth in the tournament in 2001, a year in which someone disrupted his play by throwing an orange onto the fairway, Woods has skipped the tournament every year since. Coming off the worst year of his career in 2014, Woods had vowed to play some “different tournaments” this year. Rumors began circulating last week that Phoenix would be his first stop of 2015, but tournament officials insisted nothing had been confirmed prior to Friday morning’s statement by Woods himself. With annual crowds exceeded 500,000, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is the best attended event on the PGA tour.