Tiger Woods could return to action in this week's WGC-Accenture World Match Play in Tucson. But we will have to wait until Friday's deadline to discover exactly which players Ireland's Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will be facing.

Barring the late withdrawal of other players through injury, Woods would face world No 64 Brendan Jones of Australia with Harrington taking on American Pat Perez.

Down one place to 16th in the word, McIlroy would be paired with ISM stablemate Louis Ooshuizen, who was one of his final round playing partners when he lifted his maiden title in the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago.

Graeme McDowell is scheduled to take on former Masters champion Zach Johnson

If Woods does not play and there are no further withdrawals, Sergio Garcia will face Australia’s Richad Green, Harrington will take on Jones and McIlroy will take in Denmark’s Anders Hansen, who qualified thanks to his victory in the Vodacom Championship on the Sunshine Tour.

McDowell would then avoid Johnson and take on Australia’s Robert Allenby.

According to this AP report, Woods will be in Tucson for a corporate commitment next week and is likely to play after Mark O'Meara confirmed as much to Champions Tour player Tom Jenkins.

Woods has not played since reconstructive surgery on his left knee a week after winning the U.S. Open in June.

Tom Jenkins, a co-leader at the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour, had said Saturday that O'Meara told him Woods had planned to return at Match Play, and if not then, play Doral and Bay Hill in Florida.

O'Meara has been close friends with Woods since he joined the PGA Tour in 1996 at age 20.

"He hasn't told me personally when he's going to start back, but I know he's pretty much almost ready to start back, so I wouldn't be surprised," O'Meara said. "But I don't make his schedule, and I know that everybody always wants me to tell everybody when he's going to play, but I don't know what he's going to play."

Woods is the defending champion at Match Play and has an endorsement deal with Accenture. He is expected to be in Arizona next week for a corporate obligation, although that doesn't mean he will play. Woods has until Friday to decide.

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  1. Tiger Woods United States
  2. Sergio Garcia Spain 
  3. Padraig Harrington Ireland 
  4. Vijay Singh Fiji
  5. Phil Mickelson United States
  6. Henrik Stenson Sweden
  7. Robert Karlsson Sweden
  8. Geoff Ogilvy Australia
  9. Camilo Villegas Colombia
  10. Kenny Perry United States
  11. Anthony Kim United States
  12. Lee Westwood England
  13. Ernie Els South Africa
  14. Jim Furyk United States
  15. Justin Rose England
  16. Rory McIlroy N Ireland
  17. Mike Weir Canada
  18. Adam Scott Australia
  19. Martin Kaymer Germany
  20. Steve Stricker United States
  21. Stewart Cink United States
  22. KJ Choi Korea
  23. Paul Casey England
  24. Miguel A Jimenez Spain
  25. Trevor Immelman South Africa
  26. Alvaro Quiros Spain
  27. Justin Leonard United States
  28. Zach Johnson United States
  29. Ben Curtis United States
  30. Robert Allenby Australia
  31. Ian Poulter England
  32. Tim Clark South Africa
  33. Retief Goosen South Africa
  34. Jeev Milkha Singh India
  35. Ross Fisher England
  36. Luke Donald England
  37. Graeme McDowell N Ireland
  38. Andres Romero Argentina
  39. Stephen Ames Canada
  40. Shingo Katayama Japan
  41. Rory Sabbatini South Africa
  42. Aaron Baddeley Australia
  43. Oliver Wilson England
  44. Richard Sterne South Africa
  45. Dustin Johnson United States
  46. Stuart Appleby Australia
  47. Sean O'Hair United States
  48. Hunter Mahan United States
  49. Louis Oosthuizen South Africa
  50. Boo Weekley United States
  51. Anders Hansen Denmark
  52. Soren Hansen Denmark
  53. Prayad Marksaeng Thailand
  54. Lin WenTang Taiwan
  55. Mathew Goggin Australia
  56. Rod Pampling Australia
  57. Kevin Sutherland United States
  58. Peter Hanson Sweden
  59. Davis LoveIII United States
  60. Angel Cabrera Argentina
  61. Soren Kjeldsen Denmark
  62. Pat Perez United States
  63. Charl Schwartzel South Africa
  64. Brendan Jones Australia
  65. Richard Green Australia
  66. DJ Trahan United States
  67. Ryo Ishikawa Japan
  68. Dudley Hart United States
  69. David Toms United States