It will be Tiger's first time on the course in an official PGA capacity since he played in the Farmers Insurance Open near the end of January. "I hadn't played with Jack in a very long time". Other collegians who played the event included Wake Forest's Cameron Young, Texas' Steven Chervony and Oklahoma State's Hayden Wood.
That was in 1999, a few months before the first major overhaul in his swing took root. He was tied with Ernie Els and Ted Tryba going to the back nine before Els ran off three straight birdies and no one could catch him.
The real measure was in 2000, when Woods either won or was runner-up in 10 out of 11 starts on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods goes into this week's Genesis Open with far higher expectations than a year ago as he bids to win at Riviera Country Club for the first time in his career. "So I'm in a very different position now, having played an entire season - I know what my body can and cannot do and so I'm looking forward to this week".
"We just had a great time", Woods added.
"So we've always had that type of enjoyment of competing against one another and to see what he's done or see what he did last year in Mexico, at 47 years old, gave me confidence that I could somehow do it maybe last year and I was able to finally culminate my season with a win just like he did earlier in the year". "So I'm looking forward to this week. So hopefully I can do a little bit better this year".
The field is stacked, though it is missing the top two players in the world ranking as Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka are taking the week off.
Riviera has attracted the strongest field in regular PGA Tour events on the West Coast Swing every year since 2006, and this is no exception.
So does Bubba Watson, the defending champion and a three-time victor, though his main infatuation is that it's not far from Hollywood and all the movie stars.
"The only thing I've got on Tiger is that I've won here", Watson said.