Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

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Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
Tournament information
LocationThousand Oaks, California
Established1999
Course(s)Sherwood Country Club (2000–12)
Greyhawk Golf Club (1999)
Par72
Length7,052 yards
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3,500,000
Month playedDecember
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Davis Love III (2000)
266 Tiger Woods (2007)
To par−22 Davis Love III (2000)
−22 Tiger Woods (2007)
Current champion
United States Zach Johnson
 
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Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
Tournament information
LocationThousand Oaks, California
Established1999
Course(s)Sherwood Country Club (2000–12)
Greyhawk Golf Club (1999)
Par72
Length7,052 yards
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3,500,000
Month playedDecember
Tournament record score
Aggregate266 Davis Love III (2000)
266 Tiger Woods (2007)
To par−22 Davis Love III (2000)
−22 Tiger Woods (2007)
Current champion
United States Zach Johnson

The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is an offseason golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, which takes place each December at Sherwood Country Club, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, in Thousand Oaks, California. It features a small number (currently 18) of top-ranked golf pros. In 2013, it will be held December 5–8.

The tournament is a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation. It was called the Chevron World Challenge from 2008 through 2011. It previously went by the names Williams World Challenge and Target World Challenge. In 2012, new sponsor Northwestern Mutual was the presenting sponsor instead of a title sponsor.[1] They became the title sponsor in 2013.[2]

Format[edit]

Initially, the tournament had a 16-man field composed of the defending champion, the top eleven available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, and four sponsors exemptions chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation. In 2008, the field was increased to 18 players, consisting of the most recent winners of the four major PGA tournaments, the top eleven available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, the defending champion, and two special exemption players selected by the Foundation.[3]

Prize money won by the players is not included in money rankings on any of the world's professional golf tours, but the tournament is recognized as an unofficial money event by the PGA Tour. Since 2009, the event offers Official World Golf Ranking points.[4]

In 2007 the total prize fund was $5.75 million, similar to many official PGA Tour events, which usually have fields of about 150 players. The first prize in 2012 is $1 million. Woods usually donates his prize money to his foundation.

History[edit]

In 1999, the tournament's first year, it was played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2008, Woods did not compete due to knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory, even though he was the two-time defending champion. He did not play in 2009 due to time spent away from golf related to personal matters. Woods returned to the event in 2010.[5]

In 2011, Woods won the tournament with a score of −10, defeating Zach Johnson by one shot. Woods made birdie on the final two holes to win; it was his first win in over two years, since the 2009 Australian Masters.

In 2013, it was announced that the event will move to Isleworth, Florida, beginning in December 2014.

Television[edit]

The World Challenge was televised by the USA Network and ABC Sports from 2000–2006. It has been televised by Golf Channel and NBC since then.

Winners[edit]

YearWinnerCountryScoreRunner-upPurse ($)Winner's
share ($)
OWGR
Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
2013Zach Johnson United States275 (−13) POUnited States Tiger Woods3,500,0001,000,00046
World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual
2012Graeme McDowell (2) Northern Ireland271 (−17)United States Keegan Bradley4,000,0001,000,00044
Chevron World Challenge
2011Tiger Woods (5) United States278 (−10)United States Zach Johnson5,000,0001,200,00044
2010Graeme McDowell Northern Ireland272 (−16)United States Tiger Woods5,000,0001,200,00050
Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America
2009Jim Furyk United States275 (−13)Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell5,750,0001,350,00048
2008Vijay Singh Fiji277 (−11)United States Steve Stricker5,750,0001,350,000
Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide
2007Tiger Woods (4) United States266 (−22)United States Zach Johnson5,750,0001,350,000
2006Tiger Woods (3) United States272 (−16)Australia Geoff Ogilvy5,750,0001,350,000
2005Luke Donald England272 (−16)Northern Ireland Darren Clarke5,500,0001,300,000
2004Tiger Woods (2) United States268 (−16)Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington5,250,0001,250,000
Target World Challenge presented by Williams
2003Davis Love III (2) United States277 (−11)United States Tiger Woods5,000,0001,200,000
2002Pádraig Harrington Ireland268 (−20)United States Tiger Woods3,860,0001,000,000
Williams World Challenge
2001Tiger Woods United States273 (−15)Fiji Vijay Singh4,350,0001,000,000
2000Davis Love III United States266 (−22)United States Tiger Woods4,350,0001,000,000
1999Tom Lehman United States267 (−13)United States David Duval3,500,0001,000,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harig, Bob (October 17, 2012). "Tiger Woods' event star-studded". ESPN. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Harig, Bob (August 14, 2013). "Title sponsor steps up for Tiger event". ESPN. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chevron World Challenge - Furyk Keeps Lead, Couples Three Back". Golf Digest. Associated Press. December 19, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tiger Woods, in most events in 7 years, to figure out how much is too much". Fox News. Associated Press. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tiger Woods Tees It Up at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge on Thursday". The Golf Dream. November 28, 2011. 

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