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Woods to play new team event in Argentina

Bob Harig
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His back permitting, Tiger Woods will partner with Matt Kuchar in a new team event to be played in Argentina in late October, agent Mark Steinberg confirmed on Wednesday.

Woods, who is missing his title defence at The Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass following back surgery in March, is slated to play the event in Buenos Aires from October 21 to 26.

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Several Latin American media outlets reported the possibility last month and have said the inaugural event will be called the Americas Golf Cup and played at the Nordelta Golf Club or Pilar Golf Club.

Steinberg said "the deal is now in place" and that he was awaiting word on the venue. The format possibly will be medal-match play, but Steinberg said it is still to be determined. Steinberg, whose company is Excel Sports Management, also represents Kuchar.

Woods has not played since the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9. He underwent surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve in his back, causing him to miss the Masters last month for the first time in his career.

On his website earlier this week, Woods called his recovery a "slow process" and said, "I hope to be back this summer, I just don't know when.''

Steinberg said Woods' participation in the Argentina event is contingent on his health.

If Woods is unable to return this summer, he would not qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs, meaning it's possible his return could come at the Argentina tournament. The event will be played during the third week of the PGA Tour's 2014-15 season.

Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for ESPN.com

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