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Most of world's best not at Doral

Updated: March 5, 2003, 4:46 PM ET
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MIAMI -- The Ford Championship at Doral used to boast one of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour, but this year's event will be noticeably lacking in star power.

Despite a $5 million purse, the top players have stayed away in droves. For the first time, the tournament -- which starts Thursday -- won't even have a defending champion because Ernie Els could not resist the lure of a huge appearance fee to play in the European tour's Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger Woods also was ...

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