Published: Aug 29, 2011 7:27 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

NORTON, Massachusetts (AP) - Tiger Woods has decided to play the Open in California the first week of October.

"I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly," Woods said Monday on his website. "I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends."

The Open is Oct. 6-9 at CordeValle Golf Club, about 45 miles south of his alma mater at Stanford.

Woods said a week ago he might add a tournament because of his limited schedule this year brought on by leg injuries. He chose a PGA Tour event from the Fall Series that he has never played.

The Open was one of the most exciting events of the Fall Series last year, with Rocco Mediate holing out for eagle in each round, including the 17th hole of the final round.

Woods has played only eight PGA Tour events this year because of injuries to his left knee and Achilles' tendon.

The Open has the richest purse - $5 million - among the tournaments that come after the FedEx Cup season.

"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."