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Mickelson to play in World Challenge

Phil Mickelson has agreed to play in the Target World Challenge, allowing him to compete against Tiger Woods in two consecutive silly-season events.

Woods is the host and defending champion of the $3.8 million Target World Challenge, which is Dec. 5-8.

The previous weekend, Woods, Mickelson, Mark O'Meara and Fred Couples will play in the Skins Games.

Mickelson has not played in Woods' tournament since it moved to Sherwood Country Club in 2000.

The Target World Challenge is for the top 12 players available from the world ranking and four players given special exemptions by the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Along with Woods and Mickelson, players from the Sept. 30 world ranking are Retief Goosen, David Toms, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, Nick Price, Michael Campbell, Chris DiMarco and Bob Estes.

Special exemptions went to PGA champion Rich Beem, O'Meara, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie.

Among those who chose not to play are Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Duval.


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