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McDowell taking Tiger’s place in California

Published 01/12/2009

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was today on his way to California to replace Tiger Woods after the American pulled out of his own tournament.

Woods has chosen to stay out of the media glare rather than face questions today regarding his car accident.

Golf's world number one and 14-time major winner withdrew from his own tournament citing the injuries he sustained in Friday's accident.

Woods, 33, had been due to play in the 18-player Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California — an annual tournament he hosts to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and which he has won four times.

It gives Portrush man McDowell the opportunity to play in the star-studded event.

McDowell was in China at the weekend playing alongside fellow Ulsterman Rory McIlroy in the World Cup, losing out to Italy by one stroke.

As part of Tiger’s hosting duties he had been scheduled to hold a pre-event press conference today, only for tournament officials to announce last night that that had also been cancelled.

The no-show has denied the media a first opportunity to speak to Woods directly about last week's incident which left him briefly unconsciousness and needing hospital treatment.

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