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Tiger Woods eyes Dubai return in 2013

Former world number one also considering return to Abu DHabi Golf Championship

Tiger Woods eyes Dubai return in 2013
Tiger Woods poses with the trophy after winning the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 4, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is likely to play at two UAE golf tournaments next year, according to the sport website ESPN.

The former world number one’s agent Mark Steinberg told the website he was talking to representatives of several overseas tournaments, including the Dubai Omega Golf Classic and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

The Dubai event, the first European tour held in the Middle East, is attempting to get all of its past champions to play at its 25th anniversary event next year.

Woods won in 2006 and 2008, prior to his downfall.

"Dubai is the first place he went in the Middle East; he's won there a couple of times, and we'd do it out of respect because it's the 25th anniversary," Steinberg said at Trump Doral, where Woods begins play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday.

"They are making a very big deal out of that."

Woods and other players would be paid to attend the event, ESPN reported.

Other players who are expected to be invited to the Dubai anniversary include Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal and Rory McIlroy.

Woods has played in the tournament a total of six times, with five top-five finishes. He tied for 20th in 2011.

Woods is still making his comeback after a temporary break from the sport following the end of his marriage to Elin Nordegren amid revelations of extramarital affairs.

He started 2013 poorly, missing the cut in Abu Dhabi, where he tied for third last year.

However, he went on to win the Farmers Insurance Open in California in late January.

The dates of next year’s tournaments are yet to be announced.

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