WOODS teams with Nicklaus in next prime-time match

Thursday, November 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

PALM DESERT, California (AP) _ Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus will team up in a prime-time television exhibition next summer, taking on Sergio Garcia and Lee Trevino in the third edition of the Battle at Bighorn.

Woods and Nicklaus have played together only once, the first two rounds of the 2000 PGA Championship that Woods won for his third straight major.

They will play a best-ball match July 29 _ a Monday night _ at Bighorn Golf Club, with the event televised by ABC Sports.

It will be the fourth straight year of prime-time TV for Woods.

He defeated David Duval at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, in 1999, then lost to Garcia at Bighorn the following year. This summer, Woods and Annika Sorenstam won in an alternate-shot match against Duval and Karrie Webb.

The winners of ``Battle at Bighorn III'' will split dlrs 1.2 million, the losers share dlrs 500,000 and dlrs 300,000 will go to charity.

Nicklaus, voted the greatest male golfer of the 20th century with 18 major championships, only won more than dlrs 500,000 once in his career, and that was on the Senior Tour in 1995.

Trevino beat Nicklaus in a playoff at the 1971 U.S. Open, then ended his bid for the Grand Slam a year later by winning the British Open by one stroke over Nicklaus.