Tiger set to prowl again next week

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Tiger Woods has confirmed that he’ll launch his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines next week.

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he’ll launch his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines next week.

The World No 2 this week made it clear on his official website that he had entered the San Diego tournament, one of his facvourites at which he enjoyed three straight wins prior to missing the event in each of the last two years.

He missed it in 2009 after undergoing reconstructive knee and missed it again last year while taking a six-month break from the game following the media sensation about a secret life that was to lead to his divorce.

Torrey Pines was also the scene of his famous 2008 US Open victory, when he beat Rocco Mediate in a play-off despite later revealing he had played the entire tournament with a stress fracture in his left leg.

The 35-year-old has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters in November 2009, and lost his number one ranking to Lee Westwood last year.

However, he sounded optimistic in remarks made today on his Twitter feed, stating: “I’ve been working hard on my game, it’s game time hooah!!”

Phil Mickelson, ranked fourth in the world, two places behind Woods, has also committed to the event, which is close to his Rancho Santa Fe home.

This week Mickelson is making his debut at the Abu Dhabi Championship as part of a star-studded field at the European Tour event.

All with the left-handed American, all the other 2010 major winners including Ulsterman Graeme McDowell, the US Open Winner, South African Louis Oosthuizen, the Open Championj, and Martin Kaymer, Germany’s first winner of the US PGA Championship.

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