January 16 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods officially committed to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Monday.
"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 will open his season in two weeks in Abu Dhabi.
The last time Woods played in the AT&T event was in 2002 when he tied for 12th. He also played at Pebble Beach in 2000, winning the AT&T and U.S. Open in the same year. In 2010, Woods tied for 10th at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Since Woods last played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the size of the field has been reduced from 180 to 156 and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club has been added to the rotation, replacing Poppy Hills.
"I've never played Monterey Peninsula and am looking forward to it," Woods said. "From all I've heard, it's a wonderful course and the greens are fast."
Woods will partner with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, a source confirmed last week. Romo played with Woods during the pro-am at the 2009 AT&T National.
Officials are also saving a spot in the pro-am field for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow , who could commit as early as this week with the Broncos having been eliminated from the NFL playoffs on Saturday.