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Fri Apr 25 10:12:08 SAST 2014

Tiger to take on women in charity event

Sapa-AFP | 20 September, 2011 08:010 Comments
US golfer Tiger Woods participates in a golf teaching clinic for South Korean juniors during a Nike Golf "Make It Happen" event at Jade Palace Golf Club on April 14, 2011 in Chuncheon, South Korea
Image by: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Tiger Woods, who barely qualified for his own charity tournament, announced Monday that he will compete in a charity golf  event in Japan on November 1 against three top women’s players.

“Challenge! Tiger Woods” will be staged at the Masters Golf Club  in Miki City, where the Japanese LPGA’s Ladies Masters is contested, with Woods playing nine holes against JLPGA players Miho  Koga, Shinobu Moromizato and Rui Kitada.

   Woods took part in a 2006 charity event at the same club to help  boost the development of youth golf in Japan.

   The three Japanese prefectures most devastated by earthquakes and the tsunami last March will each receive 45 million yen in donations from the event to fund relief efforts.

   Woods will return to US PGA action October 6-9 at the Open in San Martin, California, and travels to Asia before joining the US team in trying to retain the Presidents Cup against an International side in November at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

   Woods fell three spots to 49th in the world rankings released on  Monday, but remains eligible for the Chevron World Challenge charity event he will host December 1-4 at Sherwood Country Club in  Southern California.

   The annual event to benefit Woods’ foundation is limited to players ranked in the top 50 in the world as of Monday after a deal  two years ago that allows world ranking points to be offered at the  tournament.

   That limited the Challenge to two sponsor exemptions for top-50 players.

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