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Garcia to play in the Skins Game

Garcia to play in the Skins Game

Mark O'Meara will defend his Skins Game title against David Duval, Payne Stewart and Sergio Garcia at the Landmark Golf Club on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-28, organisers said on Tuesday.

The 17th edition of the event will have $1 million in prize money. The foursome -- all participants in last weekend's Ryder Cup -- will play for $300,000 on Saturday and $700,000 on Sunday.

Each of the first six holes will be worth $25,000. Each of the second six holes will be worth $50,000. Holes 13 through 17 will each be worth $70,000, and the 18th hole will be worth $200,000.

O'Meara, winner of last year's Masters and British Open titles, claimed eight skins and a record $430,000 at the 1998 Skins Game.

Duval has four PGA Tour titles this year, winning back-to-back tournaments twice in 1999. The world number two fired a 59 in the final round to come from eight shots back to win the Bob Hope Classic.

Stewart claimed his second U.S. Open title in June at Pinehurst in addition to winning the AT&T at Pebble Beach.

The 19-year-old Garcia from Spain will become the youngest player to compete in the Skins Game, an honour that previously belonged to Tiger Woods, who played at age 20.

Garcia, whose youthful exuberance and flair match his obvious talent for the game, became in instant fan favourite during the PGA Championship when he challenged Woods down the back nine at Medinah.