Tiger Woods is skipping the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines to play in Abu Dhabi.
Andrew Brownbill/AP
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tiger Woods is moving from Dubai's showcase tournament to make his debut in Abu Dhabi.

Organizers say the former top-ranked golfer will play in the Jan. 26-29 HSBC Championship along with current No. 1 Luke Donald and defending champion Martin Kaymer.

Adding Woods is seen as a coup for Abu Dhabi in its rivalry with the Dubai Desert Classic, where Woods has been a mainstay for years. Tournament manager Faisal al-Sheikh boasted that the ``giants of golf'' are coming to Abu Dhabi.

It also means Woods will miss the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he has won seven times, including the 2008 U.S. Open.

In last February's Desert Classic, Woods finished tied for 20th.

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