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Tiger Woods still target for World Matchplay

Tiger Woods remains a long shot to play in January's $5 million Andersen Consulting Matchplay Championship at Melbourne's Metropolitan Golf Club.

Tournament director Tony Roosenberg said today Woods is planning a hunting trip in Argentina in the week of the matchplay, from January 1-7, but he is trying to change Tiger's mind and entice the American to Melbourne.

Woods is one of number of major stars who have indicated reluctance to travel to the tournament in the middle of the holiday season. But American World No.3 David Duval, who had earlier decided against making the trip, has now agreed to play for the $1 million first prize.

Also confirmed as starters are American stars Justin Leonard and Jim Furyk, South African Ernie Els, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Autralians Stuart Appleby and Craig Parry.

Roosenberg also believes there is a strong chance that Greg Norman will lineup and he is targetting Britons Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie who have also shown reluctance.

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