“The streak is an unbelievable accomplishment,” Gore said. “This is his hometown tournament. There’s no reason he shouldn’t play. There’s no reason he shouldn’t win. It would be great to see him, but he’s a big boy. He’ll make his own decision.” Woods finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic, then headed home to Florida to work on his putting. Woods made a reference to the need to fix his putting game before he would compete again. “I can’t imagine he wouldn’t play,” said Paul Goydos, who won the Sony Open this year. “It’s his hometown event. … I think that’s going to drive him to play. He’s not the type of guy that says, `I’m not showing up there.’ He’s one of the guys that will say, `This is my place. I want to play there, and I want to win there.”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have to see if he skips L.A.,” golfer Luke Donald said. “If he skips L.A., it might be more important than he is letting on. He’s never won there. Seven PGA Tour events in a row, that’s very impressive. Not much more I can say about that. “I would love to have a record like that this year. Maybe next year. Any year, really.” The Nissan won’t be hurting for some of the game’s best players even if Woods is a no-show. Six of the top nine players in the world have committed. Adam Scott, who won in 2005, will play, as will Retief Goosen, who recently won the Qatar Masters. Ernie Els, another former champion, will be there, along with Jim Furyk, Donald and Padraig Harrington. Rory Sabbatini will defend his title and John Daly will play on a sponsor’s exemption. But the guy who sells tickets and has made purses skyrocket worldwide is still undecided. Tiger Woods has two more days until he has to make a decision about the Nissan Open. Woods has yet to announce whether he’ll play at next week’s tournament at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Woods has played there nine times as a professional and two as an amateur – and never won. He’s not playing at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and hasn’t played here since 2002. Woods has missed the Nissan Open just onetime – in 2002 – since turning pro in 1996. His absence would likely raise some eyebrows because of “the streak.” Woods has won seven consecutive PGA Tour stroke-play events and could make it eight wherever he plays next. He has said publicly that the streak isn’t all that significant because he lost the World Match Play Championship and has lost other non-PGA stroke-play events, but time will tell.