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Tiger Woods to play Malaysia in October

Although it's still a year until the PGA Tour visit to Malaysia becomes an official event, golf lovers of the Southeast Asian country received a massive fillip on Monday when Tiger Woods announced his participation in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

Woods last came to Malaysia over 13 years ago when he played in the 1999 World Cup, but the CIMB Classic could soon welcome regular visits from next year when it becomes a fully-fledged PGA Tour event.

'''I look forward to coming out to Malaysia at the end of October,'' Woods said.

'I played the World Cup in 1999 and have fond memories of the country and its people. I've heard that CIMB does a good job staging the event. It has traditionally boasted a strong field and I look forward to being part of it this year.''

Organizers of the two-year old tournament also announced the participation of Tiger's compatriots Ben Crane and Bo Van Pelt, the champions from the previous two iterations.

''The early confirmations will give this year's event great early momentum,'' said Dato' Sri Nazir Razak, group chief executive of CIMB Group. ''Ben and Bo have developed a good local following, and Tiger will be a huge draw.''

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