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Tiger Woods’ Abu Dhabi presser, and intriguing pairing

Shane Bacon
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If you've spent any time on golf sites this week, you know that Tiger Woods is making his 2012 debut at Abu Dhabi, the first time he's played in the seven-year-old event. Woods, who is skipping out on on the Farmers Insurance Open, an event he has won six times in his career, answered questions on Tuesday about everything golf related, including the recent news about an upcoming Hank Haney book about the former coach's time with Woods.

Tiger continued his stance on being perturbed by Haney's approach, saying, "Certainly it's something that I have to deal with. I get asked at press conferences what these guys have done, and that's just part of it. Am I disappointed? Yes. Frustrated? Certainly, because I have to answer the questions. ... So I've answered them and I guess I'll have to continue doing it. Hopefully, this will come to an end."

When reporters continued to press the issue about the Haney book, Tiger seemed to get a little annoyed, eventually declining anymore questions, saying, "I think I've answered all the questions already on that."

But Haney wasn't the only thing Tiger revealed at the press conference. Woods said this is probably the first time in over a decade he has felt 100 percent healthy heading into a season, and made a somewhat revealing statement (that most already assumed) when he said that appearance money is a big reason Tiger picks this event over the PGA Tour equivalent.

He also commented a little on the talent of the field, which gets a boost by the incredible pairing the European Tour has put together by sticking Woods with Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald for the first two rounds.

As you know, Tiger is coming off his first win in over two years at the Chevron event in December, and seems genuinely excited about playing this week at an event on a course he's never seen.

The golf world seems just as excited, as The Golf Channel will air his round live at 4 AM ET Thursday morning.

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