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US golfing ace Tiger Woods arrived in Abu Dhabi this week for a debut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The former world No.1 golfer was previously linked with Dubai. Above he is pictured with competitor Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland during a practice round at the green. (Al subjects courtesy of Getty Images).
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Woods told media has was excited about playing in a fresh event, which he chose to partake in after his exclusive contract with golf in Dubai expired last year.
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According to reports, the golfing pro could receive a massive $3m (AED11,018m) for playing in the Abu Dhabi tournament.
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The news of his payments comes not long after the sports star was reported to have controversially received $55.4m in 2008 from UAE developer Tatweer to promote a golf resort in Dubai. Work on the $1.1bn Tiger Woods Dubai project has since been suspended, with any new restart date yet to announced.
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As well as Woods, the Abu Dhabi field includes the top four players in the world, and 11 of the 25 best golfers.
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The 36-year-old American says he feels good fit and confident ahead of the tournament, and is hoping to make a comeback in the next 12 months after a year of injuries and personal problems stemming from reports of a sex scandal, which destroyed his marriage.
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Woods' confidence got a boost at the close of 2011 after he won his Chevron World Challenge his first title in more than two years.
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During a press conference in the emirate, Woods was mostly in good spirits, but was agitated when quizzed about the scandalous book written by those he worked with which revealed his secrets to the world.
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The 14-time major winner laughed as he played a traditional drum with an Emirati dance troupe. (AFP/Getty Images)
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He also took part in traditional Emirati ayala dancing earlier during his time in the emirate, alongside Westwood and McIlroy.
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The 2012 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship will be staged at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi is looking to diversify its economy and is eager to use the hosting of such sporting events to raise its international profile.