Former Stanford All-American Tiger Woods will be back in the Bay Area in October to compete in the Frys.com Open Tournament in San Martin. Woods will join a solid field at CordeValle on Oct. 5-9.
It will mark his first appearance in the event, which is located about 40 minutes south of his alma mater.
"I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly," Woods said on his web site, Tigerwoods.com. "I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends."
Woods, who has not played since the PGA Championship, recently indicated he might add another PGA Tour event to his schedule before heading to Asia and Australia later in the year.
"John Fry and his company have supported the tour, and I've heard good things about the event and the golf course," Woods told Mark Soltau on Tigerwoods.com. "One of my goals this year was to participate in a tournament I hadn't played before, and now, I will."
CordeValle was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1999, three years after Woods left Stanford and turned professional following three consecutive U.S. Amateur victories.
"Obviously, we are very excited Tiger has decided to play in our event," said Kathy Kolder, Frys.com Open Tournament Chairperson and Executive Vice President of Fry's Electronics. "The boost in marquee value he brings will not only help the tournament and increase the tournament's economic impact in San Jose, but it will also help us raise more funds for participating charities."
Woods, who says he is healthy for the first time in many months, is looking to get a few competitive rounds under his belt. He also wants to gain confidence in his new swing in a tournament environment now that President Cup captain Fred Couples recently named him to the U.S. Team for the November matches in Australia.
While at Stanford, Woods won the NCAA individual championship in 1996. As a professional he has experienced great success in the state of California, winning a total of 16 PGA TOUR events -- the most recent being the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where he defeated 2010 Frys.com Open defending champion Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff.