Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Woods back, Mickelson makes debut at Skins Game

The Associated Press

        INDIO, Calif. — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara and Fred Couples will compete in the 20th annual Skins Game, which will return to its original format after experimenting last year.

        Defending champion Greg Norman won't be able to participate in the Thanksgiving weekend event because of a prior commitment.

        Woods, the top-ranked player in the world, will be the only player back from last year's event. Mickelson, who will be playing in his first Skins Game, is the No. 2 player in the world.

        “As we celebrate the 20th Skins Game, it is only fitting to have the two best players in the world,” Chuck Gerber, general manager of ESPN Regional Television Inc., said Monday “The field could not be any better.”

        Unlike last year, players will not need to follow up a skin by tying for the low score on the next hole. Norman shut out Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik by taking a skin on the 17th and making a two-putt par on the 18th to win $800,000 of his total take of $1 million.

        The first six holes of this year's event, held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Landmark Gold Club, will be worth $25,000. Holes 7 through 12 will be worth $50,000 and Nos. 13-17 will be worth $70,000 and the 18th will be for $200,000.


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