SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods will be in San Diego next week to compete in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Woods officially entered the tournament on Wednesday, which had become the traditional start of his season since 2006. He has won the last five times he played Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.
"He's chasing history," said Joe De Bock, head golf professional at Torrey Pines. "This is a special place for him. I think he brings out the people to come and watch."
He has not played the PGA Tour stop at Torrey Pines the last two years, missing in 2009 while recovering from knee surgery and last year while dealing with personal problems related to his extramarital affairs. Those affairs spurned bizarre banners that were flown over the course last year by two local strip clubs, asking Tiger to come back.
"The girls are happy he's back in town," said Dakota Kelley, manager of Deja Vu Gentleman's Club. "His VIP room is ready."
De Bock said crowds were down the last two years when Woods didn't take part.
"He brings in anywhere from 10, 15, 20,000 people out to your tournament," he said.
Woods, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Lee Westwood last year, has not won since the Australian Masters in November 2009.
On Wednesday, Woods posted a comment on his Twitter page: "I've been working hard on my game, it's game time hooah!!"
Rancho Santa Fe resident Phil Mickelson has also entered next week's tournament at Torrey Pines.
Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines
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