Tournament officials announced today that 18-time World Golf Championships victor Tiger Woods has committed the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and will make his competitive debut in Mexico. Each college player was paired up with a PGA Tour player in Monday's event, and Euler drew J.B. Holmes. Woods went on to win the tournament for his 80 career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2013 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. "I hadn't played with Jack in a very long time".
Woods, who confirmed he would be playing in next week's WGC-Mexico Championship, also insisted he embraced the challenge of playing alongside Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds.
The exception? A tie for 18th at Riviera.More news: Thai Princess sorry for causing problems by trying to run for PM
The long-running PGA Tour event has chose to group Woods and McIlroy together for the second year running, making it the eighth time in Tour history the two golfers will tee it up alongside each other. "So I'm looking forward to this week. But I've just enjoyed being a part of watching him mature on the Tour and getting to know him a lot closer".
Expectations are slightly higher, though it's still early in the season. "Hopefully I can do a little bit better this year".
Woods also admitted he was spurred on by the recent success of long-time rival Phil Mickelson, whose superb, closing 65 earned the 48-year-old veteran an impressive three-stroke victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - his first win on US Soil for over six years.More news: The New Dune Movie's Cast Gets Even Better With Another Huge Name
The field is stacked, though it is missing the top two players in the world ranking as Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka are taking the week off.
Riviera has attracted the strongest field in regular PGA Tour events on the West Coast Swing every year since 2006, and this is no exception.
So does Bubba Watson, the defending champion and a three-time victor, though his main infatuation is that it's not far from Hollywood and all the movie stars. "I won", Johnson said.More news: Pregnant Jessica Simpson jokes about broken toilet seat in photo