Woods Not Ruling Out Defense of Dubai Classic

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Tiger Woods is not ruling out a late January defense of his Desert Classic title, despite needing time to recover after reconstructive knee surgery.

The world's top-ranked golfer decided to have surgery on his left knee for a fourth time after winning the U.S. Open in mid-June, ending his 2008.

Speaking at the launch of a $1.09 billion golf project Woods designed in Dubai, the winner of 14 major titles said the injury was "frustrating" but he did not rule himself out from the desert event which begins on Jan. 27, saying. "I don't how my knee will heal."

Woods underwent an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction of his left knee in June. He had torn his knee ligament after last year's British Open at Carnoustie while running.

Wood's ambitious project, touted as the first course in the world designed by the 2008 U.S. Open champ, remains a work in progress on the outskirts of this Middle Eastern boomtown -- much like the rapidly growing city itself.

The project's chief said Monday that the first phase of the development, which among other unlikely features promises 5 million square feet of locally grown grass and more than 30,000 full-grown imported trees, is on target for completion sometime in the last three months of 2009.

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