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    • Tiger Woods Commits to Play in the 2010 Chevron World Challenge

    By Mark Soltau
    Top-ranked Tiger Woods has committed to play in the $5 million Chevron World Challenge, December 1 through December 5 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A four-time winner of the tournament, he heads an elite 18-player field that will include many of the biggest names in golf.

    First prize in the 72-hole, stroke play event is $1.2 million. The last place finisher will receive a minimum of $140,000.

    "It's always fun to come home and play in front of the Southern California fans," said Woods. "The Chevron World Challenge is a great event and there is always a fantastic international field. I'm really looking forward to competing."

    American Jim Furyk won the 2009 Chevron World Challenge, posting rounds of 70-71-67-67 to edge Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland by one stroke. Padraig Harrington of Ireland, the 2002 champion, and Lee Westwood of England, tied for third.

    Furyk saved his best for last. At the par-4 18th hole on Sunday, he flagged a 9-iron from 146 yards to within six feet of the cup to seal the victory.

    Last year's tournament marked the first year the Chevron World Challenge was awarded World Golf Ranking points. McDowell took full advantage, climbing from 55th to 38th with his runner-up showing.

    Woods (2007) and Davis Love III (2000) share the tournament record at 22-under 266. Woods owns the course record, firing a 10-under-par 62 in 2007.

    Corporate hospitality and advertising packages are available by calling the Tiger Woods Foundation at (949) 725-3003. For ticket information, please visit www.chevronworldchallenge.com.

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