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Woods to play Open

Tiger Woods will tee it up with defending champion Rocco Mediate at CordeValle in October.

Tiger Woods said on his website Monday that he had committed to the Open, the second tournament of the 2011 PGA TOUR Fall Series. The event will be held Oct. 6-9.

“I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly,” Woods said. “I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends. John Fry and his company have supported the TOUR, and I’ve heard good things about the event and the golf course.”

“One of my goals this year was to participate in a tournament I hadn’t played before, and now, I will.”

The defending champion of the event is Rocco Mediate, who lost an epic playoff to Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open.

“Any time Rocco is in the field, it’s always fun,” Woods said.

News of Woods’ entry into the Open comes on the heels his inclusion on the 2011 Presidents Cup team. Couples put any speculation to rest by revealing that Woods would be a Captain’s Pick for the matches, which begin Nov. 14 at Royal Melbourne.

Woods is seeking his first win on TOUR since the 2009 BMW Championship. He has just two top-10s in eight starts in 2011 after missing three months with a leg injury.

-by PGA TOUR/ Getty Images 

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