Tiger Tournament Likely in 2003

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' Jack Nicklaus has his. Arnold Palmer has his. Now it appears Tiger Woods may have his as well ' sort of.
 
Woods said Wednesday that there would likely be a tournament on the 2003 PGA Tour calendar in which his foundation would be the principle charity beneficiary.
 
Were close to getting an event (on the PGA Tour), Woods said. Things went pretty well in negotiations - the (Tiger Woods) Foundation being the chief charity.
 
Woods wouldnt say who would sponsor the tournament, but that we already have one. PGA Tour officials wouldnt confirm the possible events place on next years calendar.
 
While the event would have a strong affiliation with the worlds No. 1 and his foundation, it would not be conducted by Woods, such as the Memorial is by Nicklaus and Bay Hill is by Palmer.
 
As far as having my own event and running it like those guys do, Im not interested in that. I know the politics that go on and how tough it is, Woods said.
 
Tiger already has his own unofficial event, the Target World Challenge, which also benefits Woods foundation. This new tournament would be an official money event on the tour.
 

Not Yet Ready for the Fairytale Ending
 
This years Disney Golf Classic is expected to announce this weekend a new sponsor starting in 2003.
 
National Car Rental sponsored the event the past four seasons, but relinquished its role after 2001. The event is not sponsored this year, with Disney covering the bill, but appears to have survived the PGA Tours chopping block.
 
This is a great event, said two-time winner Woods. It has a great history, but its fun for everyone that has a family.
 

Natural Selection
 
Usually, the groupings for the first two days of a PGA Tour event are selected on the basis of players ranking, record and status. But its not an exact science. How many times can Woods be randomly selected to play alongside good friend Mark OMeara?
 
This week, however, tour officials paired players together at their own discretion. The result was twosomes (along with two amateurs) filled with friends, neighbors and allies.
 
Five pairings consist of Ryder Cup team members.
 
Jim Furyk and Hal Sutton; Davis Love III and David Duval; Woods and David Toms; Scott Hoch and U.S. captain Curtis Strange (both of who attended Wake Forest University); and Jesper Parnevik and Bernhard Langer are spending the first two days together again.
 
Others have affiliations that run along national, state and neighborhood lines.
 
Australians Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby are paired together, as are Japans Hidemichi Tanaka and Kaname Yokoo, to name a few countrymen playing with one another.
 
Good friends and practice buddies Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate are in the same group. The same can be said for rookie winners Spike McRoy and Ian Leggatt; Bob May and Edward Fryatt, both of Las Vegas; and Isleworth neighbors John Cook and OMeara.
 
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