2005 Field Announced
September 26, 2005
WOODS, DALY, COUPLES HEAD ILLUSTRIOUS 16-PLAYER FIELD IN TARGET WORLD CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY COUNTRYWIDE
2005 President's Cup Players Dominate Field competing
for $5.5 Million Purse at Sherwood Country Club, Dec. 7-11
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2005). -- Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods and world No. 2 Vijay
Singh head a field of 16 of the greatest players in the world
in the seventh annual Target World Challenge presented by
Countrywide at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks,
Calif., Dec. 7-11. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods
Of the 16 players in the tournament field, 10 are players who competed
in the 2005 President's Cup at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club last
week--Woods, Singh, Jim Furyk, Chris DiMarco, Kenny
Perry, David Toms, Angel Cabrera, Davis Love III, Michael
Campbell and Fred Couples.
Others in the field include the popular John Daly, 2002 Target World
Challenge champion Padraig Harrington, English star
Luke Donald and three of the most talented international players in
the world in Ireland's Darren Clarke, Scotland's Colin
Montgomerie and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.
Players qualified for the field as the defending champion and the top 11 players from the Official World Rankings as of Sept. 19, 2005 who accepted invitations. In addition, the Tiger Woods Foundation selected four (4) special exemptions. The winner of the $5.5 million, 72-hole stroke-play event will receive $1.3 million.
Players who qualified based on their Official World Ranking as of Sept. 1 are Singh (2), DiMarco (8), Furyk (9), Perry (10), Cabrera (11), Harrington (12), Toms (13), Donald (14), Campbell (15), Love (16) and Darren Clark (17). Couples, Daly, Bjorn and Montgomerie received special exemptions to complete the 16-player field.
"Once again, we have another incredible field joining me on a great course like Sherwood," Woods said. "A combination like this can only help our tournament beneficiaries, Start Something and the Tiger Woods Learning Center."
Last year, Woods joined Love, who - along with Singh - are the only players to play in the event every year -- as the only two-time winners of the Target World Challenge. The 2001 champion, Woods overcame a fast-closing Harrington with a final-round 5-under-par 66 to earn a two-stroke victory and status as the leading money winner in the Target World Challenge with $4,080,000. As is his custom, Woods donated his $1.25 million winner's check to his foundation.
The world's No. 1 player, Woods owns five victories this season, including the Masters and British Open, which brought him his ninth and 10th major championships. He has been golf's most dominant player since turning pro in 1996 and was named the PGA TOUR Player of the Year for an unprecedented five consecutive years - 1999-2003.
Fiji's Singh, the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, has won tournaments in 13 different countries - Malaysia, France, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Spain, Germany, England, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States. The winner of four tournaments in 2005, Singh has banked more than $7.5 million, is second in scoring average (68.93) and is birdieing more than 50% of his par-5s this season.
Ireland's Harrington needed a course-record 9-under-par 63 in the third round to fend off Woods and win the Target World Challenge in 2002. He nearly did the same last year, posting four rounds in the 60s to fall short to Woods by two strokes. This season, the talented native of Dublin captured his first two PGA TOUR events, winning the Honda Classic, using a final-round 63, then turning back Singh and Joe Oglivie in a playoff. Three months later, Harrington drained a 66-foot eagle putt on the final hole to win the Barclays Classic.
Furyk will be playing in the event for the fourth time, following up on his sixth-place finish last year after recovering from wrist surgery. This season, the 2003 U.S. Open champion returned to Chicago - the site of his Open victory at Olympia Fields -- and picked up his 10th career victory at the Cialis Western Open. The steady Furyk owns PGA TOUR victories in seven of the last eight years.
DiMarco will be playing in the tournament for the fourth year in a row. He finished 7th in 2002, tied for 10th in 2003 and placed 11th last year. A three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, DiMarco was a playoff victim to Woods in the Masters this season.
U.S. Open winner, New Zealand's Campbell will play in the Target World Challenge for the first time. After winning the U.S. Open on a difficult Pinehurst No. 2 course, his home country celebrated with a national holiday as Parliament was suspended and the country's government suspended business during the tournament. Campbell won his 15th worldwide event this month when he beat Paul McGinley 2 and 1 to win the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. Campbell currently leads the European Tour's Order of Merit with 2,398,201.
Perry followed up on his 15th-place Target World Challenge debut in 2003 with a 14th-place finish last year. He added victories at the Bay Hill Invitational and Bank of America Colonial to his resume this season, giving him five victories in the last three seasons.
Making his third Target World Challenge start and first since 2003, Toms earned his biggest victory since winning the 2001 PGA, when he captured the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa in dominating fashion. Toms drilled DiMarco 6 and 5 for the largest victory margin in event history. Toms recently recovered from a health scare with a rapid heartbeat to resume a season in which he has 10 top-10 finishes and more than $3.6 million in 22 starts.
An accomplished artist, Donald is putting the early brushstrokes on a masterpiece of a career. One of the most dynamic and promising players in the world, Donald is making his Target World Challenge debut after a season in which he tied for second at the Players Championship, tied for ninth at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and third at the Masters.
Cabrera is also making his Target World Challenge debut, which will cap a stellar season in which the Argentine has six top-10 finishes in 15 European Tour events. That includes a win in the BMW Championship and a second in the Deutsche Bank Players Championship. He currently sits third on the European Tour Order of Merit with 1,770,169.
Love is no stranger to the Target World Challenge, registering victories in 2000 and 2003 in his six appearances. The winner of the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot and 27 worldwide titles, Love finished tied for 12th at last year's Target World Challenge and has $3,082,500 in event earnings, second only to Woods' $4,080,000.
American golf fans are slowly discovering what European fans have known for some time, that Clarke is one of the best all-around players in the world. The winner of two WGC events: the 2000 Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2003 NEC Invitational, Clarke owns 16 worldwide victories. He is making his third appearance at the Target World Challenge and first since 2003.
A 15-time winner on the PGA TOUR and one of the best clutch putters in the game, Couples is the 20th-ranked player in the world. The winner of the 1992 Masters Tournament will play in the Target World Challenge for the fifth time, with his best finish being fourth in 2000. He finished tied for eighth last year.
A native of Denmark and one of the European Tour mainstays, Bjorn is enjoying another strong year, winning the Daily Telegraph Dunlap Masters, grabbing seven top-10s and making the cut in all four majors. That latter fact includes a second-place tie behind Mickelson in the PGA. Bjorn is making his first Target World Challenge appearance since tying for ninth in 2001.
The popular and exciting Daly tied for 12th in his Target World Challenge debut last year. The winner of five PGA TOUR events, including two major championships - the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open - Daly tied for 15th at this year's British Open, his best finish in a major since winning the Open at St. Andrew's in 1995.
Scotland's Montgomerie has played in the states five times this year and had three top 10 finishes. He finished second to Woods in the British Open. The winner of 29 European titles, he set a record by winning seven consecutive Order of Merit titles for yearly earnings from 1993-1999. During that stretch, he was the European Player of the Year four times.
Fans can purchase tickets through all Ticketmaster locations, at ticketmaster.com, targetworldchallenge.com or by calling the Target World Challenge tournament office at 714-816-1806 or Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232.
The best deal is a Weekly Gallery Badge, which can be purchased for $75. The Weekly Gallery Badge is a grounds-only credential for the entire tournament week (Wednesday-Sunday).
Daily Gallery Passes, which are grounds-only passes for individual days, can be purchased for any single day. They are $25 per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $35 per day on Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per paid adult).
All general admission parking is free and complimentary pairings guides are available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tournament week begins with a Pro-Am on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and the four-day tournament begins Thursday, Dec. 8, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11.
Sherwood Country Club, which opened 16 years ago, is again expected to provide a stern test for golf's top players. Rated as one of the best golf courses in the world, Sherwood Country club features 1,800 mature oak trees and lush landscaping including waterfalls, jasmine and rose bushes. Scheduled to open in spring 2006 is the first ever Par three 18-hole golf course and club featuring replicated holes from other distinguished Nicklaus courses such as; Pasadena Country Club in Monterey, California, Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida and the famed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio and other notable holes.
A portion of the tournament proceeds will benefit the Tiger Woods Learning Center and Start Something. Scheduled to open in early 2006, the Tiger Woods Learning Center is a youth-education facility that represents the vision of Tiger Woods and his goal to provide critical youth-development programs in Southern California. The mission is to provide youth from diverse backgrounds with an interactive enrichment program that will improve individual aptitude in reading, math, science and technology. As a result, youth will develop personal accountability, independence and resilience leading to greater knowledge of career options and an increase in college enrollment.
Start Something, is a free, nationwide character education, career exploration and service learning program for kids 8-17 from Target and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Through participation in Start Something, youth define a specific personal desire or goal and begin taking steps to achieve it. IN the process, they also identify personal values, interests and talents needed to achieve their dream goal. Start Something participants have the chance to qualify for personal scholarship money of up to $5,000 to assist in pursuing their interest. More than two million youths across the country have enrolled in the program since the program's launch in 2000. Teachers and youth group leaders can obtain a ready-to-go curriculum for use with groups by visiting http://target.com/startsomething. Teachers and children can also call 1-800-316-6142 with questions on the Web site or program materials.
Companies joining Target and Countrywide as supporting sponsors include Williams, an organization that primarily finds, produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas, and Dole Food Company, the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh-cut flowers and a growing line of packaged foods.
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,330 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.
About Countrywide Financial Corporation
Founded in 1969, Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC) - America's #1 residential lender as ranked by Inside Mortgage Finance (Jan. 28, 2005), Copyright 2005 - is a member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500. Countrywide, through its subsidiaries, provides mortgage banking and diversified financial services in domestic and international markets. Mortgage banking businesses include loan production and servicing principally through Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., which originates, purchases, securitizes, sells, and services residential loans. The company is headquartered in Calabasas, California and has a workforce of nearly 45,000 employees with over 800 offices. For more information about the company, visit Countrywide's Web site at www.countrywide.com.
About Tiger Woods Foundation
Established in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation empowers 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. In addition to several youth-driven programs and building the 14-acre Tiger Woods Learning Center, the Foundation hosts fundraising events during the year, including the Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide and Tiger Jam presented by SBC. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its mission can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.