<
>

Tiger Woods to play 2015-16 season opener

Tiger Woods on Friday officially committed to play next month at the Frys.com Open, the season-opening event on the PGA Tour's 2015-16 schedule.

Woods will be joined by world No. 2 Rory McIlroy as part of an agreement the two made with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem when he allowed them and six others to participate in a lucrative exhibition in Turkey in 2012 that conflicted with that year's Frys.com Open.

They were required to play the Frys tournament once in the ensuing three years.

In 2011, Woods tied for 30th at the Frys tournament, then part of the tour's fall schedule. It is now the start of a wraparound season. The event will be played at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California, beginning Oct. 15.

Woods, 39, is coming off his worst year on the PGA Tour, having missed the cut in the past three major championships. He tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship three weeks ago after holding a share of the 36-hole lead. That was his best tournament in 11 starts, as he failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which conclude in two weeks at the Tour Championship.

Woods is ranked 272nd in the world.