Woods to Defend Title in Japan


TOKYO -- Tiger Woods will return to Japan to defend his Dunlop Phoenix tournament title in November.
'I've always enjoyed playing in front of the Japanese fans,' Woods said Wednesday in a statement. 'Frankly speaking, it's not too much to say that I won the Masters because I gained my confidence by winning at the Dunlop Phoenix last year.'

At last year's tournament in Miyazaki, Woods won his first stroke-play tournament in more than a year after closing with a 3-under-par 67 on the final day. It was only his second title of the year following the Match Play Championship in February.
Since winning the Dunlop Phoenix, Woods has won the Target World Challenge, the Buick Invitational, the Ford Championship and the Masters while regaining the World No. 1 ranking.
It will be Woods' third appearance at the Dunlop tournament, the richest on the Japanese tour. It will be played Nov. 17-20.
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