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Tiger Woods confirms entrance to Match Play

Tiger Woods will make his second appearance in the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in September, eight years after his first.

The world number one will chase the first prize of 1 million pounds ($1.75 million), the richest in golf, at the elite 16-man event played at Virginia Water in Surrey from Sept. 14-17.

"The World Match Play Championship is in its 43rd year and has a great history with some awesome winners," Woods was quoted as saying on the European Tour's official website on Tuesday.

"I would love to win it and hope that this year will be my year."

In his only previous appearance in 1998, Woods surrendered a four-hole lead when he lost to his close friend Mark O'Meara on the last green of the final.

The 30-year-old American's decision to play at Wentworth means he will compete in Britain and Ireland for three successive weeks in September.

The World Match Play is followed by the Ryder Cup at County Kildare in Ireland from Sept 22-24 and the WGC-American Express Championship at the Grove course in Hertfordshire from Sept 28-Oct. 1

"With the Ryder Cup set for the following week, the 36-hole match play format (at Wentworth) will be good preparation and we will all be looking for some confidence-boosting wins," said Woods.

Joining the 10-times major winner in this year's field will be holder Michael Campbell of New Zealand, who defeated Ireland's Paul McGinley 2 and 1 in the 2005 final.

The next tournament on Woods's agenda is this week's Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida.

March 22, 2006


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