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FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is embarking on his latest comeback without a swing coach, saying he has worked hard to relearn his body and the golf swing. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)

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Tiger Woods will begin his latest comeback on familiar ground – at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Woods took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the commencement of his latest comeback. He will play in the Farmers at Torrey Pines Golf Club on Jan. 25-28 and also will play in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club north of Los Angeles on Feb. 15-18.

“Excited to start my season of in SoCal,” Woods tweeted.

The former world No. 1 played just four events the past two years and had four surgeries to his back since 2014, the last in April 2017 was a spinal fusion procedure. Woods returned to competitive golf in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the first week of December.

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Woods, who turned 42 last month, looked strong and his swing was powerful and free as he tied for ninth in the field of 18 of the game’s best players.

He has won the Farmers Insurance Open a record seven times. He also won the last of his 14 major championships at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods will play in the Genesis Open – which benefits his foundation – for the first time since 2006.

Woods played in his first PGA Tour event at Riviera as an amateur in 1992.

He was 16 when he missed the cut in 1992. He has played the tournament 11 times without winning. His only playoff loss came in the tournament in 1998 to Billy Mayfair.

“I’m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods said in a release. “I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time. To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

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Tiger Woods warms up on the range prior to the final round of the Hero World Challenge.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the second green during the final round of the Hero World Challenge.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods hugs son Charlie Woods and daughter Sam Woods as Erica Herman looks on before the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods smiles on the 18th hole after the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods celebrates after making his putt on the ninth hole during the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods shakes hands with Henrik Stenson on the 18th hole after the second round of the Hero World Challenge.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits his sand shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods shakes hands with Justin Thomas after completing their first rounds on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods shot a 3-under 69.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday in Nassau, Bahamas.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods fires off a fist pump after a birdie at No. 8 during the first round of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday in Nassau, Bahamas.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods of the United States plays out of a fairway bunker on the par-five sixth hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods made par.  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods two-putts for a birdie Thursday on the third hole of the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas..  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods misses a birdie putt on No. 2 Thursday  in the first round of the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Mike  Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Tiger Woods picks out a club in front of caddie Joe LaCava on the eighth hole during Monday‘s practice round of the Hero World Challenge.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during Monday‘s practice round of the Hero World Challenge.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Dustin Johnson talks to Tiger Woods on the practice green during Monday‘s practice round of the Hero World Challenge.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods putts on the practice green during Monday‘s practice round of the Hero World Challenge.  Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods and his girlfriend Erica Herman watch play on the 17th hole during the final round of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., on Oct. 1.  Julio Cortez, AP Tiger Woods speaks to former U.S. President Barack Obama on the first tee during foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28.  Rob Carr/Getty Tiger Woods attends Game 2 of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 25.  Christian Petersen, Getty Images Jason Day (left) talks with assistant captain Tiger Woods while walking near the 12th hole during the fourth round four-ball matches of The President‘s on Sept. 30.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods and Erica Herman look on during Saturday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 30.  Rob Carr, Getty Images At the Presidents Cup in September, Tiger Woods served as an assistant captain as the U.S. won the competition.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports In September Tiger Woods watched Rafael Nadal play Juan Martin del Potro during the U.S. Open in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods makes his way into a North County Courthouse courtroom.  The Associated Press Tiger Woods leaves the Palm Beach County courthouse after his DUI hearing.  The Associated Press Tiger Woods‘ mugshot after his DUI arrest.  The Associated Press Tiger Woods tees off on the 7th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.  Francois Nel, Getty Images Woods plays on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.  Kamran Jebreili, AP Tiger Woods reacts after playing a shot during the Dubai Desert Classic.  Nezar Balout, AFP/Getty Images Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during the pro-am event prior to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Feb. 1.  Ross Kinnaird, Getty Images Tiger Woods and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark share a hug on the driving range prior to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Jan. 31.  Ross Kinnaird, Getty Images Tiger Woods on the eighth hole during the Pro Am event prior to the start of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on Feb. 1.  Andrew Redington, Getty Images Tiger Woods putts on the 11th green during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – North Co.  Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods walks off the 10th green following a putt during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – North Co.  Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods plays his shot out of a sand trap on the 12th hole during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – North Co.  Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods putts on the 12th green during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course – North Co.  Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits his 2nd shot from the 4th hole fairway during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course.  Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd following a putt on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course.  Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods tees off the 5th hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego on Jan. 27.  Orlando Jorge Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods hits out of a sand trap on the 2nd hole during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on Jan. 26.  Orlando Jorge Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods stumbled to a 4-over 76 in his first round of 2017.  Orlando Jorge Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LaCava look on during the Zurich Pro-Am of the Farmers Insurance Open on Jan. 25.  Donald Miralle, Getty Images Tiger Woods speaks during media day for the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club on Jan. 23.  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Fans hold up cell phones as Tiger Woods walks up to the 1st hole tee during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on Jan. 27.  Orlando Jorge Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports

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