Originally created 05/03/01

Tiger commits to Nelson

IRVING, Texas -- Tiger Woods officially committed Wednesday to making next week's Byron Nelson Classic his first tournament appearance since winning the Masters.

Woods, who won the event in 1997, has often taken a break after the Masters and returned for this tournament. While he's long been expected to sign up for it, he did so two days before the deadline.

The excitement surrounding Woods' presence is heightened this time because of his latest Masters win, which made him the first golfer to simulatenously hold the four major titles.

This will be his fifth straight appearance at the Byron Nelson. The tournament's purse will be $4.5 million, $500,000 more than last year.

Woods' stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will last only one week. While the rest of the PGA Tour sticks around for the Colonial Invitation Tournament, Woods will jet to Germany for a seven-figure appearance fee for a European Tour event.


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