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Chris Wood has said that he would have liked to have seen Tiger Woods in the WGC Accenture Match Play. He has said that it would have been a great honour to play Woods in his debut in Arizona starting on Wednesday.
Woods is not the only player to pull out of the competition as Phil Mickelson has done exactly the same. The 22 year old knew that he would be facing Woods after the world rankings were released. He has a nervous wait to see if Woods was going to come out of hiding and return to an event.
There would have been a huge media storm if Tiger would have returned to golf after his recent events however he chose not to. Instead of playing the world number one, Wood will be playing Lee Westwood instead.
They were both on the same flight yesterday and said, “"I would have liked to play Tiger," the Bristol golfer told Press Association Sport.
"It would have been one of the best chances to beat him in his first round back. "I've never met the bloke. I hit balls next to him at the PGA last year, but he probably didn't even see me.
"I think it would have been a bit intimidating and I would have been apprehensive the first couple of holes, but once into it I'm sure I would have stepped up to it. "And what a great opportunity - it could have been one of my finest moments. "But I knew it was going to be either the world number one or the European number one, so either way a hard match.
"I don't know Lee that well, but I have played a few rounds with him. He'd be a big scalp for me too, of course - he's the second seed - and I can't wait for it."
There are 65 places which separates the two golfers however match play has seen some strange events happen. The 6ft 5in golfer was top-scorer for Britain and Ireland in their win over Continental Europe in Paris and had the chance of a maximum five-point haul - the first ever in the competition - until conceding a testing putt to Peter Hanson on the final green.
They were the last pair on the course and the overall match was already decided. "At the time I thought it was the right thing to do to offer a half, but afterwards I thought it would have been nice to say I got five wins out of five.
"It was still a great week, though. That was a big occasion for me being in amongst those players in my first full year on Tour.
"They had only Garcia missing from their strongest possible team (Martin Kaymer was injured at the time), so to go through it unbeaten was great and I absolutely loved it."
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