Woods also committed to The Genesis Invitational - an event he hosts - at Riviera in February.
The Tour is concluding its Hawaiian swing this weekend at the Sony Open and then will convene at The American Express before Woods is back in the mix.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy announced Tuesday that he, too, will start his season at Torrey Pines, creating a stacked field that will also feature Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, and Rickie Fowler, among several others.
Woods hasn't competed since the Presidents Cup in Australia, as he led the Americans to a triumphant victory at Royal Melbourne as a player-captain.
His last Tour event was the Zozo Championship in Japan, where he tied Sam Snead for the all-time record with 82 wins.