Woods for Buick Open

FLORIDA - Barring any scheduling surprises, Tiger Woods is about to try something new.

FLORIDA - Barring any scheduling surprises, Tiger Woods is about to try something new.

He has played three weeks in a row on the US PGA Tour in every season since he was a rookie - including a career-high five straight weeks in early 1999 - until last year, when two knee surgeries cramped his schedule.

That third consecutive tournament, however, has never been a major.

This year looks as if it will be different. Woods decided to play this week at the Buick Open, where he is a two-time winner and has never finished worse than 11th in eight previous starts at Warwick Hills.

Next week is the Bridgestone Invitational, and while Woods has yet to make that official, he has never missed a World Golf Championship in the US when he wasn't on crutches.

Then it's off to Hazeltine for the US PGA, his last shot at winning a major this year. - Sapa-AP

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