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Tiger Woods to play in Australian Open this November

Tiger Woods says he'll take part in this year's Australian Open, one week before the President's Cup competition down under. Tiger Woods could be a captain's pick for the US side in the President's Cup.

in this 2009 file photo, Tiger Woods hits an approach shot during the Australian Masters golf tournament at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. Woods will play at the Australian Open in November, his first trip back Down Under since his personal life unraveled just after a victory at Melbourne.

Andrew Brownbill/AP/File

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Tiger Woods will play the Australian Open in November one week before the Presidents Cup, his first appearance in Sydney since his first year as a pro.

Golf Australia announced Monday that Woods would compete at The Lakes in Sydney on Nov. 10-13 against a field that already includes defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Greg Norman.

The Presidents Cup is the following week at Royal Melbourne.

Woods, who has been out the last three months with leg injuries, is No. 26 in the Presidents Cup standings. The top 10 Americans qualify for the U.S. team on Sept. 18, although Couples is likely to take Woods as a captain's pick if his game appears to be in good shape.

The announcement is a sign Woods feels confident his leg is fully healed and he expects to play in the Presidents Cup.

The 14-time major champion has plunged to No. 28 in the world — his lowest ranking since he was No. 33 at the start of the 1997 season — and has gone 20 months since his last win at the 2009 Australian Masters in Melbourne.


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