Tiger Woods says travel concerns led him to skip Saudi event

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With the help of his late father, Earl, Woods formed his own foundation early in his pro career, then started a tournament now known as the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas (it had been played in Southern California for most of its time) to help promote the foundation as well as raise funds for it.

"I would not have minded a nice quiet couple of days, Thursday, Friday, but no, no, it's totally fine playing with Tiger", he said.

"Hopefully I can finally play this golf course well".

That was in 1999, a few months before the first major overhaul in his swing took root. Euler also finished second at the German International Amateur in 2017. He has logged 41 par-or-better rounds and posted five top-10 finishes.

The exception? A tie for 18th at Riviera. Woods will join a stellar field for the year's first World Golf Championships event, February 20-24, 2019, at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. "So I'm in a very different position now, having played an entire season - I know what my body can and cannot do and so I'm looking forward to this week".

"I played well that day, I shot 64 so I enjoyed the way I played".

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.

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.

Players already committed to the WGC-Mexico Championship include defending champion Phil Mickelson, reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, 2017 WGC-Mexico Championship victor Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson.

"I just think, I'm trying to keep the traveling down to a minimum and just focus on our tour", Woods said.

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