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Woods Withdraws from Nissan Open

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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next weeks Nissan Open. Woods was on the original commitment list, but decided to go to his Orlando home to rest and practice before returning to his native state of California for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa.
 
Ive been sick for almost two weeks now, said Woods, who suffered from the flu last week at Pebble Beach. I just want to go home and get some rest, try and get my strength back.
 
Woods is tied for 20th place through three rounds of the Buick Invitational, thanks to rounds of 66-77-69.
 
I will be back for the match play. I just want to have enough strength for that week. Im a little run down.
 
The Match Play Championship is the only World Golf Championship event Woods has yet to win. He did not play last year, when the tournament was contested the first week in January in Australia. He lost in the finals to Darren Clarke in 2000.
 
Woods, who played in his first tour event as a 16-year-old amateur at Riviera in 1992, has also never won the Nissan. Hes played this event each of the past five seasons, finishing runner-up twice. His best chance for victory came in 1998, when he lost to Billy Mayfair in a playoff.