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Tiger to play in new format Skins Game

Tiger Woods will join Greg Norman, Jesper Parnevik and defending champion Colin Montgomerie in the 19th annual Skins Game, which for the first time will require players to post the low score on back-to-back holes to earn money.

Woods will play the Thanksgiving weekend event for the first time since 1997 as part of his endorsement deal with Disney, which owns ABC Sports.

Each of the first six holes will be worth $25,000, while the next six will be worth $50,000 and the Nos. 13-17 will be worth $70,000. The 18th hole is worth $200,000.

All four players have agreed to donate 20 percent of the $1 million purse to the victims of the New York disaster.

Unlike previous Skins Games, a player who wins a skin will not get credit unless he wins the next hole or is one of the players who ties for the low score. If he fails to do either, the skin will be carried over.

The only time that rule will not apply is at No. 18.

``The new rule is going to add to the drama of the event,'' said Chuck Gerber, general manager of ESPN Regional Television Inc. ``It also makes it more likely to have the pot grow, which is something the fans enjoy.''

Norman will be playing the Skins Game for the first time since 1998, when he was coming off shoulder surgery and was shut out. Parnevik is playing for the first time.

In his Skins Game debut last year, Montgomerie made par on the third playoff hole, No. 18 at Landmark Golf Club, to collect three skins worth $340,000. He finished with $415,000.


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