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Tour News (posted 9th September 1998)

Tiger Woods confirmed as starter for World Match Play

London - Tiger Woods will join Mark O'Meara, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els in the field for next month's World Match Play Championship, tournament organisers announced this week.

Woods, who will partner with O'Meara on the U.S. team at the Dunhill Cup at St. Andrew's the previous week, was confirmed as a starter Monday for the World Match Play.

The quartet will headline an elite field of 12 for the four-day tournament 15th - 18th October at Wentworth. Reigning U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen is among the players being targeted to fill the remaining eight places.

Woods, O'Meara, winner of the Open Championship and U.S. Masters, and Singh, defending World Match Play champion and recent winner of the USPGA Championship, are expected to be among the top four seeds who qualify automatically into the second round of the tournament.

Els, a three-time World Match Play champion who was beaten by Singh in last year's final, could miss out on a top four seeding if Janzen accepts the offer to play the tournament.