The Tiger Woods Foundation welcomes Northwestern Mutual as the new presenting sponsor of the 14th annual World Challenge, held Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 at Sherwood CC in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The elite 18-player field will include 13 members from this year’s Ryder Cup Team, winner of the Masters at Augusta, the U.S. Open Champion and the 2012 FedEx Cup Champion.
Joining host and defending champion Tiger Woods in pursuit of the $1 million top prize are Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson. Also participating are European Ryder Cup standouts Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, along with Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.
“We are extremely excited about the depth and talent of our field, and are looking forward to another exciting tournament,” said Woods. “Northwestern Mutual has been a great partner to my Foundation over the years, and we are pleased they will take on the role of presenting sponsor.”
Last year, Woods birdied the last two holes to overtake Zach Johnson and win the event for a record fifth time (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011). Furyk captured the tournament in 2009, while McDowell prevailed in 2010.
This year’s field has combined for 19 PGA TOUR wins including two major championships (Watson at the Masters and Simpson at the U.S. Open) in 2012. Woods leads the way with three individual victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament and the AT&T National. Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open, TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup Champion); Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Shell Houston Open); Dufner (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, HP Byron Nelson Classic); and Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic) all have multiple wins.
Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood CC became the host site in 2000. All but one tournament has been played on the challenging and scenic 7,052-yard, par-72 layout.
There is no cut in the 72-hole event and the last place finisher still earns $120,000. Proceeds benefit the college-access of the Tiger Woods Foundation. The World Challenge will be televised live on Golf Channel Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 from 12-3p.m. PT, and receive live network coverage on NBC Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 from 12-3p.m. PT.
Tickets, which start as low as $30, can be purchased online here. Use code "SCGA" to receive 10 percent off ticket prices and ensure the SCGA Foundation receives 50 percent of revenue from your purchase.