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04 March 2024

Woods in doubt for Match Play


World's number one Tiger Woods' "indefinite break" from golf could be Englishman Ross McGowan's ticket to the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship.

Sunday was the final day to secure a berth in the elite 64-player field, which is based on the world rankings. American Kevin Na, Chad Campbell and Scott Verplank all finished well enough at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club to secure their spots. Na fired a final-round 66 to finish tied for 10th and move up from 67th to 62nd in the world. Campbell moved down a spot to 63rd and Verplank retained the 64th position in the wake of Sunday's play.

Phil Mickelson – who slipped to third in the world rankings behind Riviera winner Steve Stricker – has already said he won't play.

Woods' plans remain in doubt. He hasn't played since a November 27 car crash sparked a sex scandal that led to Woods admitting marital infidelity.


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