Tiger Woods signs equipment deal with TaylorMade

Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational

Woods will play in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines starting Thursday as he begins honing his game ahead of the year's first major event, the Masters in April at Augusta National.

However, the combination of the strength of the field, a soft course and tournament rust makes a Federer-like return for Woods unlikely.

These are questions that face the 41-year-old 14-time major champion as he makes his highly anticipated PGA Tour return at this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in what will be his first official Tour event in 17 months. He'll also play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb. 2-5), Genesis Open (Feb. 16-19) and The Honda Classic (Feb. 23-26). Woods ties for 25th the following week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but does not play again until almost four months later. "Obviously to win the world junior championship back in 2004 and then come here and win as a professional was great", Day said.

"But, I'm also looking forward to it, " he said. "I feel like I'm strong enough to be able to handle the workload, but I still got to go out there and do it". But I still have to go out and do it.

"At the time I think we only had about 10 security guards... I mean, he played all the big events well". I'm coming back to one of my favorite venues [Torrey Pines].

It was no shock to hear he was upbeat about the state of his game despite looking a little bit off the pace with some of his short-iron approaches - of which there were many - as he bids to improve on an overall modest record here with just one top five from nine attempts.

Jetting back and forth does worry Woods slightly, though.

"Searches for tournament tickets, according to Google Trends, spiked 400 percent in the same time period", the U-T said.

Tiger Woods ended a press release he sent out on Wednesday with a short sentence.

Jhonattan Vegas has missed only one cut in his last seventeen starts and despite a last round of 80 in horrific conditions previous year still managed to finish 18th.

Woods last played at his own event, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in early December (which is an unofficial PGA Tour event).

"I know either way I'll be a part of golf history with what I've done".

The 79-time PGA Tour victor will use the full M family of metalwoods including the 2017 M2 3 wood, which he described as "unlike anything i've ever hit", saying it's the "farthest i've ever hit a fairway wood". "I just need to keep building off that and eliminate the simple mistakes I made".