Woods is reacting to a possible conflict between the U.S. and Iraq. Dubai is a Middle Eastern country in the same region of the world as Iraq. He said in a statement that he plans to return to the Dubai Desert Classic in 2004.
Although I originally intended to play this week, said Woods in a statement, I have reluctantly decided to postpone my appearance until the 15th event is staged next year.
The tournament organizers reluctantly accepted his decision.
While we are disappointed with Tigers decision to withdraw from the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic, we are delighted he has immediately confirmed his participation for next year, said tournament chairman Mohamed Ali Alabbar.
Losing Tiger from this weeks lineup will be disappointing to his many fans in this part of the world, but we reluctantly have to respect his decision not to compete. However, we are sure they are as pleased as us that he has already committed to our tournament in 2004.
Reportedly, Woods receives an appearance fee of over $2 million to play in the event.