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Woods commits to playing charity event

March 27, 1997

FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) _ Tiger Woods has agreed to play in the 1997 Mystic Rock Charity Pro-Am at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa to benefit leukemia research.

The 21-year-old, who turned pro seven months ago, will join John Daly, Mark Brooks, Mark O’Meara and Peter Jacobsen for the event on May 26.

Hall of Fame member Gene Sarazen, one of only four players to win golf’s four Grand Slam events, plans to dedicate a statue on the grounds of the Fayette County resort, said Mystic Rock Charity Pro-Am founder Joe Hardy.

Woods was the first player to win three straight Junior Amateur titles and three consecutive Amateur titles. He also was the first player in 14 years to claim five straight top-five finishes on the PGA tour.

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