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Garcia to play Woods in made for TV special

Tiger Woods is set for another prime-time engagement, this time against rising young star Sergio Garcia of Spain.

Woods and the 20-year-old Garcia will go head-to-head in an nationally televised 18-hole match-play event on August 28 at the Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.

Billed as the "Battle of Bighorn," the contest will be shown live on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT.

Last August, Woods defeated David Duval, 2 and 1, in the "Showdown at Sherwood," the first live network golf telecast in prime time. It was the second-highest rated golf event of the year at 6.9, behind only the final round of The Masters.

Al Michaels will join anchor Mike Tirico, analyst Curtis Strange and course reporters Judy Rankin and Jimmy Roberts on this year's telecast.

The winner will receive $1.1 million and the runner-up $400,000. A total of $500,000 will be designated for charity with the players donating portions of their winnings.

Woods, 24, is ranked No. 1 in the world and already has won on Tour three times this year. He started the season with victories at the Mercedes Championships in January and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six consecutive tournaments.

Garcia turned professional in April 1999 and was the runner-up to Woods at last year's PGA Championship after a thrilling final round. He won 19 national championships as an amateur and one professional event at the age of 17.

 

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