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Tiger to launch PGA season in Torrey Pines
It was the venue for his last major win (2008 U.S. Open), one he calls his "greatest ever" so it's no surprise that Tiger Woods feels nothing but good vibes when he returned to Torrey Pines for this week's Farmers Insurance Open, his PGA Tour opener.

"I feel comfortable here, there is no doubt," American world number two Woods told press from the San Diego venue.

"There are few courses that are like that where I've had my share of success ... where either I've won or been in contention to win.

"Firestone, Augusta (National), I just feel comfortable on those venues," Woods said of the permanent homes of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Masters. "My record over those three courses has been pretty good."

An underwhelming performance in the Abu Dhabi Championship last week where both he and new Nike stablemate Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut, have not disheartened Woods who feels he is better prepared for this season than 2012, where he placed second on the Money List.

"The majority of the year I hit it pretty good, but my putting and short game weren't quite there," Woods said. "I spent so much time on ball-striking that that finally came around.

"Towards the end of the season, I was able to spend more time with my chipping and putting and that's come around. So now I've got to marry up both of those two combos. Hopefully I can do it this year and do it on a consistent basis."

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