Will Tiger Woods play in Dubai?
DORAL, Fla. -- If the details can be worked out, Tiger Woods is likely to play in Dubai next year after defending his title in California at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said Wednesday that he is still talking to representatives of several overseas tournaments, including the Dubai Omega Golf Classic and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
The Dubai event, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014, is making a big push to get all of its past champions to play in what was the first European Tour event held in the Middle East.
"Dubai is the first place he went in the Middle East, he's won there a couple of times, and we'd do it out of respect because it's the 25th anniversary," Steinberg said at Trump Doral, where Woods begins play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday. "They are making a very big deal out of that."
Woods, along with other star players, would be paid for his appearance.
Still to be determined are the dates of the various tournaments. Neither the PGA Tour nor the European Tour have announced next year's schedules, and Steinberg said Woods would defend his Farmers title at Torrey Pines, where he won in January.
This year, Woods began his 2013 season in Abu Dhabi by missing the cut, then traveled to Southern California for the Farmers. If the 2014 schedules are the same as this year's, he could play Torrey Pines and then head to Dubai, which is 12 times zones away from California.
Last year, Woods tied for third in Abu Dhabi, played the same week as the tournament at Torrey Pines.
Over the years, the Dubai tournament has been won by the likes of the late Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal, Rory McIlroy and Woods, who captured the title in 2006 and '08. Woods has played in the tournament a total of six times, with five top-five finishes. He tied for 20th in 2011.
Woods makes his fifth start of 2013 this week at Doral, where he has won three times. Last year he withdrew during the final round due to a recurrence of an Achilles injury that knocked him out for four months in 2011.
"It was at a point that if I kept going, yeah, I could have pushed it to that point, just like when I came back and tried to play the Players [in 2011]," Woods said Wednesday. "I learned my lesson from the Players and I didn't do it, and consequently I was able to go on and win the next tournament I played in, which was Bay Hill."
Woods is coming off a tie for 37th at the Honda Classic, where he never broke par in four rounds and twice had lost balls that resulted in stroke-and-distance penalties. He is grouped with McIlroy and Luke Donald for the first two rounds at Doral.
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