Report: Tiger Woods could return to Phoenix Open after 13-year absence

BY foxsports • January 7, 2015

Tiger Woods last played in the Phoenix Open in 2001. But the sport's biggest name could finally return later this month.

Golf.com cited two sources saying Woods "has signaled that he will enter the Waste Management Phoenix Open." One source told the site "Woods has reserved his courtesy car for the event, which has (tournament) officials cautiously optimistic that he intends to play."

The tournament begins Jan. 29 at the TPC Scottsdale.

Woods skipped the high-profile PGA Tour stop the past 13 years after a series of incidents involving the tournament's famously large and raucous galleries, particular in the 16th green.

Woods notched a hole-in-one on the infamous 16th hole in 1997.

Two years later, though, a fan who was heckling Woods was found with a gun. And in 2001, a fan threw an orange onto a green while Woods putted.

Woods played the event only three times but registered two top-five finishes, including third place in 1999.


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