GOLF: Tiger Woods to play in Frys.com Open

GOLF: Tiger Woods to play in Frys.com Open

Tiger Woods announced through his personal website today he has
committed to play in the upcoming Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf
Club in San Martin.
Tournament director Ian Knight confirmed the news this
morning.
SAN MARTIN

Tiger Woods announced through his personal website today he has committed to play in the upcoming Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin.

Tournament director Ian Knight confirmed the news this morning.

“We’re very excited to have Tiger playing in our event this year,” Knight said of the PGA Tour fall series event, which runs Oct. 3-9. “It’s going to do a lot for attendance. It’ll be great for spectators, and we think it’s going to generate a significant amount of money to our charities with the tournament.”

Woods’ appearance will be his first to the five-year-old Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club, which is about 60 minutes south of his alma mater Stanford University.

“I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly,” Woods said on his website tigerwoods.com. “I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends.”

Woods has not played since the PGA Championship and recently indicated he might add another PGA Tour event to his schedule before heading to Asia and Australia later in the year, according to his website.

“John Fry and his company have supported the tour, and I’ve heard good things about the event and the golf course,” Woods said. “One of my goals this year was to participate in a tournament I hadn’t played before, and now, I will.”

The 2010 Frys.com Open was won by Rocco Mediate, who edged Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt by one stroke. Woods and Mediate had a memorable meeting at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in an edge-of-your-seat finale. Following an 18-hole playoff, Woods defeated Mediate on the first hole of sudden death to capture the championship. Mediate announced earlier this month that he will defend his Frys.com Open title in October.

“Any time Rocco is in the field, it’s always fun,” Woods said on his website.

Woods missed three months of the 2011 season recovering from injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon. He will make his ninth official start of the year. He has two top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth at the Masters.

“It’s been a long time between the PGA and Frys, and I’ll be anxious to compete,” Woods said.

More on this to come

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