Woods, if healthy, to play in Argentina team event


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg confirmed to ESPN.com earlier this week that the world No. 1 will play a new team event in Argentina later this year if his back permits.

On Friday at TPC Sawgrass, site of this week’s Players Championship, GolfChannel.com confirmed many of the details about the new event.

According to Paco Aleman, who works for ESPN International but has been hired as a consultant and spokesman for the Americas Golf Cup, the event will feature a 68-man field and a best-ball format.

The remainder of the field will be drawn from the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica Order of Merit on Oct. 12 and will feature up to four teams from each country.

There will also be four wildcard picks, including Woods and Matt Kuchar from the United States and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera and whomever he picks.

The event will be played Oct. 21-26 at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires. Woods paired with David Duval to win the 2000 World Cup in Argentina.

“It was huge,” Aleman said. “There were 15,000, 20,000 fans per day. It was when Tiger was winning every week and it had a huge impact (on golf in Argentina).”

Woods had back surgery before the Masters and said last week on his website his recovery was a “slow process.” Steinberg told GolfChannel.com last month that his participation in the event is contingent on his health.