Tiger May Be Skipping Nissan Open


2007 Nissan OpenIt appears that Tiger Woods will be making his run at an eighth consecutive PGA TOUR victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, not the Nissan Open.
On his Web site, Woods has his next event listed as the Match Play. Woods has not made an official announcement and has until 5:00 p.m. ET Friday to enter the Nissan Open.
Woods has never won his hometown event at Riviera Country Club just outside of Los Angeles. He was first given a sponsors exemption to play the then L.A. Open in 1992 as a 16-year-old amateur. In all, he has played the tournament 11 times, earning four top-10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999. He withdrew last year after two rounds due to flu-like symptoms.
Woods is coming off a tie for third last week in the European Tours Dubai Desert Classic. His first and only start on the PGA TOUR was two weeks ago at the Buick Invitational, which he won for the fifth time in his career.
Woods has won seven straight TOUR events dating back to the 2006 Open Championship.
When recently asked whether or not he would play his next TOUR event at the Nissan or Match Play, he responded with a non-committal Yeah.
In regards to criticism he would likely get for skipping an event he has never won in order to preserve his streak, Woods said: People can say whatever they want. That's their opinion. They are entitled to it.
While Woods has won the Match Play twice, he did so at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.. This year's event has moved to The Gallery at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.
If Woods were to skip the Nissan and win the Match Play, he could potentially tie Byron Nelsons record streak of 11 consecutive TOUR wins at the Masters Tournament, assuming he plays the events in which he normally competes ' which is not always the safest assumption.
Those events would be the Arnold Palmer Invitational (Bay Hill) and the WGC-CA Championship (Doral).
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