This is Tiger's fifth start as a pro at the Nissan. He earned a pair of runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999, and tied for 18th last year. Woods made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old amateur at this event in 1992. The So Cal native also played as an amateur in 1993. He missed both cuts.
Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Nick Price, Jose Maria Olazabal and defending champion Kirk Triplett will join Woods in the 144-man field in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Last year, Triplett earned his first PGA Tour victory in 266 career starts by shooting rounds of 67-70-68-67 (-12) to edge Jesper Parnevik by a shot. Parnevik is scheduled to appear. He skipped his title defense at last week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic to be with his wife, Mia, who gave birth to their fourth child, a boy.
Aside from Triplett's victory in 2000, past major champions have had a stranglehold on the Nissan title - and rightfully so. In addition to hosting 38 Nissan Opens, the par-71 Riviera Country Club has been the site of a U.S. Open, two PGA Championships and a Senior U.S. Open.
Two-time U.S. Open winner Ernie Els won here in 1999. Six-time major winner Nick Faldo collected his most recent PGA Tour title at the Nissan in '97. 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler was the victor in '96.
Corey Pavin won in 1994, and then again in 1995, the year in which he captured the U.S. Open. 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite prevailed in '93. 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples won in 1990 and '92. And Mark Calcavecchia added the Nissan to his resume in 1989, the same year he won the British Open.
This is the final tournament in the 2001 West Coast Swing. This week's winner will earn $612,000.
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