Tiger to make 2017 debut at Torrey Pines

first_img0Shares0000Former world number one Tiger Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff © Getty/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 5 – Former world number one Tiger Woods will launch his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines, where his eight triumphs include the 2008 US Open.Organizers said Wednesday that Woods had committed to the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. The January 26-29 event will be the 14-time major winner’s first tournament of the year.Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff.Woods has won the US PGA Tour event at Torrey seven times, in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.He won his most recent major title there in 2008 on the famed South Course, beating Rocco Mediate in an epic 19-hole playoff despite competing with knee and leg injuries.“We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” said Peter Ripa, chief executive officer of the Century Club, which manages the Farmers Insurance Open.“He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.”Woods was sidelined more than a year after undergoing back surgery. His last appearance at the Farmers was in 2015, when he withdrew in the first round with back trouble.The 41-year-old who has 79 PGA Tour victories will be making his first start in a PGA Tour full-field event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.Woods also has committed to play in the Genesis Open February 16-19 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and the Honda Classic on February 23-26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Costa, Remy out of Old Trafford clash

first_img“Loic has a muscular injury. I don’t know the dimension and I’m not worried. When a player is injured, play another one,” said Chelsea manager Mourinho following Tuesday’s comprehensive win at Stamford Bridge.Asked whether Costa would be available, he added: “No, I don’t expect him to be.”Mourinho insisted he was not concerned at his dwindling attacking options despite admitting before the Maribor game Drogba was not yet ready to play a full 90 minutes.Drogba was introduced in place of Remy against the Slovenians and capped his display with his side’s second goal from the penalty spot, the striker’s first for Chelsea since returning to Stamford Bridge during the last transfer window.“I was not expecting him to play 75 minutes tonight (Tuesday),” Mourinho said. “I spoke with him yesterday and we spoke about 30 minutes. But the circumstances were he had to go on.– Chelsea don’t cry – “He was comfortable to play 75 minutes. It was very, very important for Didier. The best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play,” the Portuguese boss explained.He added: “We are playing well, we are getting good results. We don’t cry about injuries. It’s our philosophy, we don’t cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else.”Drogba was given the opportunity to score his first Chelsea goal since converting the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final shoot-out when Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s designated penalty taker, responded to the veteran’s request to take the spot-kick.Mourinho said he was unhappy at the switch but accepted Drogba’s strike will provide the player with a major boost.“Players like to score goals. Strikers like to score goals,” said Mourinho. “He was not for a long time on the pitch in previous matches.“His last goal for Chelsea was the most important goal in the history of the club.He added: “I was surprised that Eden Hazard gave the ball to Didier Drogba for the penalty. I wasn’t particularly pleased, no. I have my choices and Hazard is number one. Because it was a goal, I was happy.“I don’t like. They have the freedom to do it. They can do it, but he has to score.”Drogba’s 22nd minute penalty put Chelsea two up and John Terry added a third goal before the break.Chelsea maintained the momentum in the second half with a Mitja Viler own goal and two efforts from Hazard, the first a penalty, completing the victory.Victory put Chelsea two points clear at the head of group G but Mourinho said it was too soon to talk of the Champions League trophy returning to Stamford Bridge.“We are in the group phase,” he said. “We play three matches. To be in the final you have to play 12 and qualify for the final. Long way to go. I think it’s premature to speak about that.Maribor coach Ante Simundza said: “A team like Chelsea has great individuals and that can make you look lost. But we were hit by three goals on the break.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, October 22- Jose Mourinho insisted he was not worried by the prospect of running short of forward options ahead of Sunday’s visit to Manchester United after confirming Loic Remy and Diego Costa will both miss Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford.Remy limped out of the Blues’ comprehensive 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor after scoring the 14th minute opening goal and with Costa sidelined with a hamstring injury, Didier Drogba will start for the Premier League leaders against Louis van Gaal’s side despite Mourinho admitting the veteran is not fully match fit.last_img read more