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Nicklaus to compete with Tiger in Memorial Skins Game

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Jack Nicklaus will compete with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in a Skins Game on the eve of this week's Memorial tournament, organizers said Tuesday.

The 10-man competition, which raises money for charity, will also feature former world number one Ernie Els of South Africa, Britain's Rory McIlroy and Americans Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair.

A 14-times major winner who trails only Nicklaus (18) in the all-time standings, Woods returns to the PGA Tour after three weeks on the sidelines due to a neck injury.

Nicklaus, who hosts this week's event at Muirfield Village Golf Club, will tee off in the first 'skins' group Wednesday with Masters champion Mickelson, O'Hair, Perry and Els.

Woods will play in the second group alongside McIlroy, Stricker, Johnson and 2002 Memorial champion Furyk.

The Memorial Skins Game is a nine-hole event that offers a purse of $100,000 with proceeds benefiting The First Tee national youth development program.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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