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Accenture Match Play Championship

Twists in tale of Tiger's return

Caddy says 'no truth' to rumors of Tucson return

Rumors of Tiger Woods' returning to golf in Tucson are looking more and more specious.

Last week, in a story that was trumpted by media far and wide, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reported that Tiger was "poised to make a shock return" at next week's Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana.

TucsonSentinel.com's B. Poole seems to have been the only reporter who didn't believe the rumors.

Today, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Tiger's caddy, Steve Williams, is debunking the Tucson comeback whispers:

Williams has emphatically denied his boss was returning to competition at the WGC-Accenture World Matchplay Championship from February 17.

"The stories stating Tiger will return at the matchplay have no truth to them," Williams told the Herald last night.

TMZ, always ready to feed the rumor machine, pinpoints a non-PGA-tour event in Florida as the comeback tournament:

Tiger Woods is headed back to his home in Florida sometime next week and has pinpointed his return to golf . . . according to someone who works for the Woods family.

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The source tells TMZ he is aiming to play in the Tavistock Cup - an event that pits pros from the Isleworth Golf & Country Club against the pros from the nearby Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

This year's event takes place March 22 and 23 at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club.

Regardless of whether Tiger tees off in Tucson, TucsonSentinel.com will bring you full coverage of the Accenture Matchplay Championship, with updates from the course throughout the tournament.

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Tiger Woods tees off at the 8th hole during the final round of the AT&T National, July 2009.

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