Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
|Location||Thousand Oaks, California|
|Course(s)||Sherwood Country Club (2000–12)
Greyhawk Golf Club (1999)
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||266 Davis Love III (2000)
266 Tiger Woods (2007)
|To par||−22 Davis Love III (2000)
−22 Tiger Woods (2007)
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. They became the title sponsor in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Northwestern Mutual World Challenge|
|World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual|
|2012||Graeme McDowell (2)||Northern Ireland||271 (−17)||Keegan Bradley||4,000,000||1,000,000||44|
|Chevron World Challenge|
|2011||Tiger Woods (5)||United States||278 (−10)||Zach Johnson||5,000,000||1,200,000||44|
|2010||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||272 (−16)||Tiger Woods||5,000,000||1,200,000||50|
|Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America|
|2009||Jim Furyk||United States||275 (−13)||Graeme McDowell||5,750,000||1,350,000||48|
|2008||Vijay Singh||Fiji||277 (−11)||Steve Stricker||5,750,000||1,350,000|
|Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide|
|2007||Tiger Woods (4)||United States||266 (−22)||Zach Johnson||5,750,000||1,350,000|
|2006||Tiger Woods (3)||United States||272 (−16)||Geoff Ogilvy||5,750,000||1,350,000|
|2005||Luke Donald||England||272 (−16)||Darren Clarke||5,500,000||1,300,000|
|2004||Tiger Woods (2)||United States||268 (−16)||Pádraig Harrington||5,250,000||1,250,000|
|Target World Challenge presented by Williams|
|2003||Davis Love III (2)||United States||277 (−11)||Tiger Woods||5,000,000||1,200,000|
|2002||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||268 (−20)||Tiger Woods||3,860,000||1,000,000|
|Williams World Challenge|
|2001||Tiger Woods||United States||273 (−15)||Vijay Singh||4,350,000||1,000,000|
|2000||Davis Love III||United States||266 (−22)||Tiger Woods||4,350,000||1,000,000|
|1999||Tom Lehman||United States||267 (−13)||David Duval||3,500,000||1,000,000|
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