Woods and Duval partnered last year for a hard-fought victory over the Argentine team of Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera in this events first season as one of the World Golf Championships.
Now, they are hoping to do the same in 2001.
Any time you go as a team, and you go around the world, its great to compete well and win, Duval said of the event. I dont like to speak for anyone else, but I will speak for Tiger on that we have no intention of not winning that golf tournament.
Ranked first and third respectively in the Official World Golf Rankings, Woods and Duval are again favorites this time around.
Whats more, they have each made significant accomplishments since their joint win in 2000.
Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, including his fourth straight major at The Masters, and wrapped up the money title for a third straight season.
Duval, in the meantime, took his first career major title at this years British Open, and following his win last week at the Dunlop, he appears on top form.
Thats not to say that there wont be stiff competition, however.
On the contrary, a wealth of talent will be making the trip to Japan for its $3 million pot.
The line-up is as follows:
Country and Players:
Australia -- Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley
Argentina --Angel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero
Canada --Mike Weir and Ian Leggatt
China --Zhang Lian-Wei and Liang Wen-Chong
Denmark --Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen
England --Ian Poulter and Warren Bennett
Fiji --Vijay Singh and Dinesh Chand
France --Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin
Holland --Maarten Lafeber and Robert Jan Derksen
Ireland --Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley
Japan --Toshi Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama
Malaysia --Danny Chia and Periasamy Gunasegaran
Mexico --Octavio Gonzalez and Alejandro Quiroz
New Zealand -- Michael Campbell and David Smail
Norway --Per Haugrud and Henrik Bjornstad
Paraguay --Carlos Franco and Angel Franco
Philippines -- Rodrigo Cuello and Danny Zarate
Scotland --Andrew Coltart and Andrew Oldcorn
South Africa -- Ernie Els and Retief Goosen
Spain --Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez
Sweden --Niclas Fasth and Pierre Fulke
United States -- Tiger Woods and David Duval
Wales --Phillip Price and Mark Mouland
Zimbabwe -- Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone
With $1 million on the line for the winning team, as well as the prestigious John J. Hopkins Cup, matches should be highly-contested from the opening day.
The schedule will feature two days of fourball (Thursday and Saturday) and two days of foursomes (Friday and Sunday).
The Taiheiyo Club was opened in 1977 and plays to a par of 72 at 7,232 yards.