Woods commits to Malaysian CIMB Classic as sponsor extends deal
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Woods commits to Malaysian CIMB Classic as sponsor extends deal

Tiger Woods will log quite a few miles in the air this fall as the world No. 2 has officially committed to the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in October.

The Malaysia-based event, in its third year, will be played from Oct. 25-28 at the Mines Resort & Golf Club. The tournament is co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and features a 48-player field, including 30 qualifiers from the PGA Tour, playing for a $6.1 million purse.

In addition, the PGA Tour announced Monday title sponsor CIMB has signed a five-year extension to keep its name on the event.

As part of that extension, the tournament will become an official event on the PGA Tour schedule beginning in 2013. The PGA Tour will be shifting in October 2013 to a fiscal-year calendar, beginning after the conclusion of the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Tour Championship. The field will expand to 78 players in '13, with the purse increasing to $7 million.

Woods has committed to a busy fall after this year's FedEx Cup playoffs. A strong contender for a third FedEx Cup title, Woods will be in the playoffs to the bitter end, then compete in the Ryder Cup. After those American events, he will head to Turkey for the inaugural unofficial Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals from Oct. 9-12 and, a few weeks later, to Malaysia. Woods, according to ESPN, however, will skip the WGC-HSBC Champions the week after the CIMB Classic.

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