By Aime Pingi on
The Chevron World Challenge celebrates its 10th year by once again bringing golf’s finest stars to Southern California. This year’s tournament will be played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA, from December 15 – 21 on a course designed by famed architect and professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Tournament host Tiger Woods will lead a field of 16 elite PGA TOUR players including the top 11 available from the Official World Golf Rankings, the Defending Champion, and four special exemption players selected by the Tiger Woods Foundation. The players will be competing for a $5.75 million prize purse in which the winner receives $1.35 million, and the 16th place finisher receives $170,000.
The tournament will help raise money for programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation, including the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Orange County. Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams.
- The Host
Born on December 30, 1975, Eldrick (Tiger) Woods was just six months old when golf first caught his attention. Intrigued by watching his father putt at their Cypress, California home, it wasn’t long before Tiger would be putting on the “Mike Douglas Show” at age two with Bob Hope.
The son of the late Retired Lieutenant Colonel Earl Woods and his wife Kultida, Tiger shot 48 through nine by age three. He compiled one of the most impressive amateur records in golf history, winning six USGA national championships and the NCAA title, before turning professional on August 27, 1996.
That same year, he and his father Earl founded the Tiger Woods Foundation with the mission of empowering young people to reach their highest potential by initiating and supporting community-based programs that promote the health, education and welfare of all of America’s children.
Since 1996, Tiger has won 86 tournaments, 64 of those on the PGA TOUR, including the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 Masters Tournaments; the 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Championships; the 2000 and 2002 U.S. Open Championships; and the 2000, 2005 and 2006 British Open Championships.
Off the course, his Foundation has touched the lives of an estimated 10 million young people through career exploration and character development programs, and annual fundraising events like the AT&T National, Tiger Jam presented by AT&T, the TWLC Block Party, and the Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America. For more information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and how you can help, visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org
- The History
The Chevron World Challenge is an offseason golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods. The tournament takes place each December at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. In 1999, the tournament’s first year, it was played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The field is comprised of the defending champion, the top eleven available players from the Official World Golf Rankings, and four special invitees chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation. It is not an official money tournament on any tour, but it is recognized as an unofficial money event by the PGA Tour.
The Chevron World Challenge was established as a charity fundraiser by Tiger Woods, and all the funds raised go to charities with which he is associated. It is an extremely lucrative event for the professionals who take part. In 2007 the prize fund was $5.75 million. Woods donates his prize money to the Tiger Woods Foundation.
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