Whether U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples had influence on the decision or not isn't clear, but Tiger Woods will play the first Fall Series event of his career in October according to an announcement Monday made on his website.
Woods has committed to play in the Frys.com Open, Oct. 6-9, at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. The event is 40 minutes south of Stanford, his alma mater.
“I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly,” Woods said on TigerWoods.com. “I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends.”
Woods said after missing the cut at the PGA Championship that he might add another event before heading to Australia for the Australian Open a week before the Presidents Cup, which we now know Woods will play. Couples announced last week that he has already told Woods that he will be a captain's selection for the Presidents Cup matches in Australia in mid-November.
Rocco Mediate beat Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt by a shot at last year’s Frys.com Open the first time it was held at CordeValle.
“Any time Rocco is in the field it's always fun,” Woods said.
The week after the Frys.com Open, Woods is hosting the first Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach to raise money for his foundation. Proceeds from the three-day event will supports college-access programs for underprivileged youth.
According to his manager Mark Steinberg, Woods has some corporate appearances in Asia in early November before going to Sydney for the Australian Open.
Woods missed three months this year recovering from injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon. The Frys.com Open will be his ninth official start of the year. He has two top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth at the Masters, but his two most recent starts have been shaky, a T-37 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the missed cut at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.