“The people have always come out and supported this event. This has been one of the very few tournaments that is kind of a small-town atmosphere. It’s a very simple, straightforward golf course, which we don’t see very often anymore.
“Also, this is away from the stadium golf that we seem to play a lot now on Tour, and I’m just excited to be here and be able to play.
“But as far as the future of this event, I know it has to move and it has to go forward and off to Memphis, but it’s one of the reasons why I tried so hard to get in this event, is because it does mean something special to me.”
Woods will contest the opening round in the company of Australia’s Jason Day.