Tiger Woods announced on Monday 16 of the 18 golfers who will compete in his annual charity event, the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. And he’ll have some stiff competition to win his own tournament.
Among the select field at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., from Dec. 4-8 will be the defending champion, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy, a two-time major winner. At stake in the 72-hole stroke-play event is a $3.5 million purse, $1 million of which goes to the champ.
The final two spots will be filled at a later date, but they’ll join numerous other PGA Tour stars. Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood are the others who have already committed.
Woods has claimed victory at the World Challenge five times, the most recent being a 2011 win over Johnson. All proceeds from the event go to the Tiger Woods Foundation.
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