Tiger Woods has committed to play in the Frys.com Open, Oct. 6-9, at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., he announced Monday. It will mark his first appearance in the event, which is located about 40 minutes south of his alma mater, Stanford University.
"I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly," Woods said. "I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends."
Woods, who has not played since the PGA Championship, recently indicated he might add another PGA Tour event to his schedule before heading to Asia and Australia later in the year.
"John Fry and his company have supported the tour, and I've heard good things about the event and the golf course," Woods said. "One of my goals this year was to participate in a tournament I hadn't played before, and now, I will."
CordeValle -- designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. -- opened in 1999, three years after Woods left Stanford and turned professional following three consecutive U.S. Amateur victories. The Frys.com Open began in 2007 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was held there for three years before moving to CordeValle in 2010.
Last year's event was won by fan favorite Rocco Mediate, who edged Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt by one stroke. Mediate -- who gave Woods all he could handle in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course before losing in a playoff -- will defend his title.
"Any time Rocco is in the field, it's always fun," Woods said.
Woods -- who missed three months of the 2011 season recovering from injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon -- will be making his ninth official start of the year. He has two top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth at the Masters.
"It's been a long time between the PGA and Frys, and I'll be anxious to compete," he said.