Report: Tiger Woods commits early

Updated: June 20, 2012, 12:56 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Six-time World Golf Championships winner Tiger Woods has made an early commitment to play in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in August, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report.

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Players are not required by the PGA Tour to enter an event until the preceding Friday, which would be July 27 for the Bridgestone. Woods' early commitment gives the tournament extra time to sell tickets, according to the report.

"This is the earliest Tiger has entered since I've been here," executive director Don Padgett III told the newspaper. "Last year he waited until the Thursday or Friday before, which is his right. But having him commit early is a plus."

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson has not commited, but the field already contains plenty of big names.

Defending champion Adam Scott, 2010 champion Hunter Mahan, Masters champion Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Cleveland native Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald, the world's top-ranked player, are all expected to compete.

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