Tiger kicking off season in Phoenix

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Tiger Woods has confirmed he will start his 2015 season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, starting on January 29.

Following a troubled and winless 2014 season which saw him undergo back surgery and fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs or Ryder Cup, Woods returned briefly to take part in the Hero World Challenge in December, where he finished last in the 18-man field.

Woods also split with his coach Sean Foley in November, replacing him with new “swing consultant” Chris Como.

Last year certainly was a turbulent one for Woods, but the 14-time major champion says he is finally injury-free and eyeing a return to the kind of form that saw him win six times in 2013.

“It will be great to return to Phoenix,” Woods said on his website. “The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic and the 16th hole is pretty unique in golf.”

After Phoenix, Woods will also play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines the following week, the scene of his last major victory in 2008.

“Torrey is a very important place to me,” he added. “My pop took me there when I was younger and I have a lot of special memories of watching the Tour play there when I was growing up.”

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