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Tiger Woods to play in Open

August 29, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Tim Shaffer / Reuters.

Tiger Woods, usually winding down at this time of year, has committed to play in the Open in October, tournament director Ian Knight announced. The event, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., is part of the Fall Series calendar.

Fall Series events are often filled with players trying to improve their standing to keep their tour cards for the next year. They're held at a time when many of the top players take a break from the game. But Woods, who has played in only two events since withdrawing from the Players championship in May, needs some serious work on his game and has not consistently played like a top player in almost two years.

Fred Couples recently announced he wanted Woods to play on the U.S. Presidents Cup team, which will play an international team in Australia in November. Woods, who missed the cut at the PGA Championship after finishing tied for 37th at the WGC Bridgestone, obviously has some things to work on. 

One interesting note: The defending champion at CordeValle is Rocco Mediate, the player Woods beat in a riveting U.S. Open final at Torrey Pines in 2009. That was Woods' last win in a major.


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Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Tim Shaffer / Reuters