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Cisco World Matchplay Championship
Wentworth Club
Surrey, England
15th - 18th October 1998

Par 72 Prize Money 640,000

Tiger Woods in confident mood about World Matchplay

Wentworth, Surrey, 14th October 1998 - I'm looking forward to playing here on Friday - the course really demands you to drive a golf ball, you've got to be long and you've got to be accurate. The greens are in perfect condition so there's no excuse for missing putts out there.

I've always liked playing one-on-one, head-to-head, I love match play, and this week it's against some of the world's best players.

In stroke play events you don't have the opportunity to affect another person's play - in true match play, you can. There are different strategies which you would never see in a stroke play event. Your opponent can dictate what you do - if he puts it in the trees and it might be lost or unplayable, I might take an iron to make sure I keep it in play.

There's no doubt there's an advantage to being seeded, having the 1st round as a bye - because 36 holes a day, four days in a row is a lot of golf on this type of course, and it takes a lot out of you.

In match play, you've always got to just stay in the hole, always make your opponent work for his win, and don't give up too quickly, you never know what can happen.

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Tiger Woods in confident mood

First Round Draw

Last Year's World Matchplay