Tiger Woods will return from injury at the Accenture Matchplay Championship next week, the first of 2009’s World (but only played in America) Golf Championships. It’s great for golf, it’s great for spectators, it’s great for television, it’s great for everything and everyone except for Australian Brendan Jones.
Brendan Jones (pictured) sits at number 64 in the world and will be matched against Woods provided no one pulls out between now and the start of the tournament. At first glance this may seem like a worry for Jones but there’s a few positives for him to think about.
- Woods may be suspect coming off an injury. Possibly. Just maybe.
- The exposure will be amazing. Playing mostly on the Japan Tour, Jones finished with five Top 10 finishes last year and will be on stage in the most anticipated comeback in golf.
- Woods is shaky against Australians at this event. Peter O’Malley beat him in 2002 and Nick O’Hern has tossed him aside in 2005 and 2007.
So perhaps it seems Woods should be worried! Even if someone drops out of the event this week, an Australian will replace him, Richard Green.
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