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Tiger targets Torrey to launch his 2011 campaign

Los Angeles: With the first winless golf season of his professional career still fresh in his memory, Tiger Woods will launch his 2011 campaign in San Diego next week at one of his most successful venues.

Woods confirmed he will play his first tournament of the year in the PGA Tour`s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where he has won the title a record six times.

"I`m really looking forward to competing," the 35-year-old American said on his website. "I`ve been working hard on my game and I`m excited about 2011."

World number two Woods will be eager to make a fresh start next week after spending much of last year unsuccessfully trying to repair his marriage and also undergoing the fourth swing change of his career.

Having been engulfed by a sex scandal at the end of 2009, he finished the 2010 PGA Tour season without a single title for the first time since he turned professional in 1996.

He was also deposed as world number one by Britain`s Lee Westwood on Nov. 1, ending a reign of more than five years at the top.

However, since Woods joined forces with Canadian swing coach Sean Foley after the PGA Championship in August, his form has steadily improved.

Bureau Report