Tiger Woods set for CIMB Classic

Updated: August 6, 2012, 11:51 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods will head to Asia this fall to play for the first time in the CIMB Classic, a limited-field tournament in Malaysia.

The 48-player event that will become official on the PGA Tour in 2013 is in its third year and will be played at the Mines Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Oct. 25-28.

Woods, however, will skip the World Golf Championship event the following week in China, according to his agent, Mark Steinberg. The WGC-HSBC Champions is Nov. 1-4 at Mission Hills, but Steinberg said Woods would be participating in "special events" that week.

"I haven't been back to Malaysia since '99, so that's one reason I want to go back," said Woods, who won the World Cup individual title that year in Kuala Lumpur and also the team title for the U.S. along with Mark O'Meara. "It's nice to go back to a place where I've already played and won."

Both the Malaysia and China tournaments will become part of the official PGA Tour FedEx Cup schedule in 2013 when the tour goes to a wraparound schedule that begins that fall. This year, both events remain unofficial, meaning they won't count as PGA Tour victories nor toward the money list, although world ranking points will be offered.

The CIMB Classic, won last year by Bo Van Pelt, is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

Woods' participation, as well as that of past tournament winners Van Pelt and Ben Crane, was announced Monday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur.

The field will consist of 30 PGA Tour players based on their final finish in the FedEx Cup standings. From there, 10 Asian Tour players will be invited and the tournament will have eight sponsor exemptions.

The purse is $6.1 million with $1.3 million going to the winner.

The Malaysia event is one of at least two overseas tournaments for Woods at the conclusion of the FedEx Cup schedule.

He has committed to play in a new event called the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, Oct. 9-12, just over a week after the Ryder Cup. He said he also considered playing a European Tour event in Shanghai called the BMW Masters before opting for the Malaysia tournament the same week.

After the CIMB Classic, Woods said, "I'm going to go to China for a day (for corporate activities), then head back on home and get a little bit of a break. & I've got the Turkey event, and then I'll take a little break there and then again after the World Challenge (in December)."

Woods is the defending champion of his annual Southern California event formerly known as the Chevron World Challenge. It is Nov. 29.-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club.

Following this week's PGA Championship, Woods will take a week off and then begin play in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He is expected to play the Barclays, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship in consecutive weeks. Following an off week, it's the Tour Championship -- where the FedEx Cup will be decided -- and then the Ryder Cup outside.

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Golf Writer, ESPN.com