Date: March 19, 2009

Tiger to head Down Under

World No.1 Tiger Woods will grace the fairways at this year&aposs Australian Masters in a major coup for Australian golf. The American, who is on the comeback trail from reconstructive knee surgery, will play in the tournament at Kingston Heath in November, according to a report in News Limited papers on Thursday. But Woods&apos appearance will be costly – with Victorian taxpayers expected to foot around half of the $3 million bill. Victorian Premier John Brumby said the 14-time major winner&aposs presence would generate $19 million in economic benefits and would easily cover the appearance fee. “Tiger&aposs visit will boost tourism, create jobs for Victorians and beam Melbourne to millions of people through a worldwide television audience.” Woods finished in a tie for ninth on Sunday at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral.