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Added August 1st, 2011 by Chalk

Tiger Woods Commits to Presidents Cup Tuneup in Australia

Tiger Woods has committed to play the Australian Open in Sydney from November 10-13, a week before the 2011 Presidents Cup that is also being contested in the Land Down Under.  Tiger only announced last week that he’d be ending an 11-week injury layoff by playing in this week’s WGC-Bridgestone, and is well outside the top 10 automatic qualifiers for the US Presidents Cup team, but is a likely captain’s pick if he shows he’s healthy.

While missing this year’s US Open and British Open because of nagging leg injuries, Tiger repeatedly said he wouldn’t play competitively until he was 100% healthy, so making plans for international competition and trying to win over US captain Fred Couples is probably a sign he feels confident he’s in shape to play and play well.  Then again, it’s been 20 months since Tiger won his last golf tournament, the 2009 Australian Masters, so it could also all turn out to be wishful thinking.

In any case, Tiger claims he’s excited to be playing in Sydney for the first time in 15 years, and the local government and organizers are certainly excited to have him. “I’m very excited to be competing in the Australian Open,” Tiger said in a statement. “I haven’t played in the tournament since 1996 and I’m anxious to return. I have a great affinity for playing golf in Australia and I’m looking forward to competing against an outstanding field at The Lakes in Sydney.

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales claims Tiger coming will give the state economy a $10 million boost.  He wouldn’t say how many tax dollars the state government threw Tiger’s way to lure him over, only that it was much less than the $1.5 million the Victorian government gave Tiger to get him to Melbourne in 2009.

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