Woods set to miss tour

KAPALUA - Tiger Woods will be absent when the US PGA Tour season begins here today at the $5,5-million Mercedes Championship but the world's number one player remains the man to beat in 2008.

KAPALUA - Tiger Woods will be absent when the US PGA Tour season begins here today at the $5,5-million Mercedes Championship but the world's number one player remains the man to beat in 2008.

The 13-time major champion's pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' all-time major golf victory mark of 18 will be golf's underlying theme until the quest is completed or abandoned, with Woods the central figure of the drama even in absentia. "We need to try to figure out how to put more pressure on him," Jim Furyk said. - Sapa-AFP

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