Woods to start 2012 at Pebble « PGATOUR.com The Tour Report

Ending weeks of speculation, Tiger Woods announced via his website that his 2012 PGA TOUR debut will come at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which will be played Feb. 9-12.

WoodsWoods has not played in the tournament since 2002. He came from five strokes back to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2000, edging Matt Gogel in the process.

“I’m excited to start my PGA TOUR season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,” Woods said on his website. “AT&T is a great partner to my Foundation, and I’m looking forward to playing in this event. I haven’t been to this tournament lately, but I have a lot of good memories at Pebble. It will be fun going back.”

Woods’ best memory at Pebble is undoubtedly the dominating, 15-stroke win he took at the U.S. Open in 2000. When the U.S. Open returned to the scenic course nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean 10 years later, Woods tied for fourth.

“It’s always been one of my favorite spots,” said Woods, who ended his 2011 campaign by winning the Chevron World Challenge in December.

Woods has played the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a total of six times. He finished second in his 1997 debut and placed 13th or better on two other occasions in addition to the win.

Woods’ first tournament of 2012 will be the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan. 26.