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Tiger Woods will face other former British Open champions in challenge

May 26, 2010 | 10:42 am

Woods_300 Tiger Woods has accepted an invitation to play in a challenge event featuring former British Open champions on July 14, the day before the tournament begins at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Woods will join fellow three-time champion Seve Ballesteros and 27 other former winners for four holes (the first, second, 17th and 18th) on the Old Course.

The oldest surviving champion, 89-year-old Kel Nagle, is unable to take part, and Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price and Johnny Miller also will skip the event.

Woods will return to competitive golf next week in the Memorial Tournament, according to a report by the Golf Channel. Woods, the defending champion in the Memorial, had planned to play the Columbus, Ohio, tournament all along, but a neck injury that forced him to withdraw from the final round of the Players Championship on May 9 put his participation in the Jack Nicklaus event in jeopardy.

Woods is also expected to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach June 17-20.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Tiger Woods after winning the British Open in 2005. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press.