Tiger Woods Hosts World-Class Field for Chevron World Challenge Presented by Bank of America
September 29, 2008
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2008) - Tiger Woods is hosting the ultimate holiday party this December as the Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America returns to Southern California. Joining the festivities are two champions that dominated the Fed Ex Cup playoffs, Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas, along with eight Ryder Cup players and up-and-comer Anthony Kim. The PGA TOUR co-sponsored event will be held at challenging Sherwood Country Club Dec. 17-21 and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Today's announced field includes Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan, K.J. Choi, Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, Mike Weir, Luke Donald and Stephen Ames.
"Hosting the tenth year of this tournament is special. I'm really looking forward to being back in Southern California to watch this stellar field compete," Woods said. "I am proud of this tournament's tradition of having the best players in the world help raise money for the millions of kids my foundation supports."
Woods, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, will be on hand tournament week in his official capacity as host of the event.
The 2008 Chevron World Challenge field continues the tournament's strong international history with seven countries represented along with four newcomers, FedExCup runner-up Villegas and Ryder Cup members Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan and Boo Weekley. Players will compete for a share of the $5.75 million purse.
Event week begins with a Pro-Am on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with the four-day tournament beginning Thursday, Dec. 18, and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 21. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course, playing at 7,027 yards, will once again provide a stern test for players.
Last year, Southern California native Woods, earned his fourth World Challenge with a winning score of 22-under-par 266, tying the tournament record set by Davis Love III in 2000. Woods donated his $1.35 million prize to his Foundation.
2008 FedExCup winner Singh has made seven previous appearances in the World Challenge, placing second in 2001 and third in 1999. He is a multiple winner on the 2008 PGA TOUR, capturing the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Villegas, hot off his victory at THE TOUR Championship, also won with three big putts on the back nine at Bellerive for a wire-to-wire victory at the BMW Championship. In 2007, he earned more than $1.8 million and ended the year with three top-10 finishes during the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup.
Ryder Cup Team member Kim is one of the youngest players in this year's field. Affirming his status as a rising star, Kim became the first American under 25 to win twice in one year on the PGA TOUR since Woods. He emerged from the pack at the AT&T National when, three shots behind going into the final round, he closed with a 5-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Fredrik Jacobson.
A member of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Stricker has a career total of four PGA TOUR victories and two international victories. Finishing second at the Mercedes-Benz Championship rounded out his five top-10 finishes in 2008. Last season marked a career year, in which Stricker was named PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year for the second consecutive time and won his first PGA TOUR title in six years at the TOUR's inaugural playoff event, The Barclays.
Furyk, a veteran of the PGA TOUR, is enjoying a steady and successful season. He has collected several top-5 finishes on this year's TOUR, including tying with Westwood for second at the WGC CA Championship. Furyk was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.
Harrington is enjoying a phenomenal season. A tied fifth finish in the Masters Tournament hinted at what was to come and subsequently walked away with the final two Majors of the season. In July, he became the first European to successfully defend The Open Championship since James Braid in 1905/06 when he followed his 2007 triumph at Carnoustie with a four stroke victory over England's Ian Poulter at a windswept Royal Birkdale. He also won the PGA Championship in August.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion and a 15-time PGA TOUR winner continues to be a fan favorite. The owner of one of golf's sweetest swings, he has appeared in seven previous World Challenge tournaments this decade. Despite a 2007 injury, Couples tied for fourth at the Shell Houston Open, securing his best finish to date in the 2008 TOUR.
Coupled with a wealth of Ryder Cup winning experience from 2004 and 2006, made Casey a strong contender to join the ten automatic qualifiers at Valhalla. He is one of the most explosive and naturally gifted European players of his generation, and brought a crucial dimension to the European Ryder Cup Team.
A member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Weekley won the Verizon Heritage in 2007 for his first PGA TOUR win, then shot middle rounds of 64-65 there in April to successfully defend his title. In 2008, his third full season on tour, he played in all four majors for the first time in his career, finishing T26 or better in three of them.
An up-and-coming star, Mahan, was a Captain's Pick for the U.S Ryder Cup Team. He won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the 2007 Travelers Championship, was a captain's selection for the Presidents Cup and has recorded four career 62s, three of which came within a three-month span during the summer of 2007. The fourth came in the first round of The Barclay's in August. With four top-10 finishes in 24 events this year, Mahan has cooled some this summer with just one top 10 and two missed cuts in the last six events.
Asia's top-rated golfer, Choi, took the title at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year, complementing his pair of victories in 2007-Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament and the AT&T National, hosted by Woods. Ranked 15th in the world, Choi collected four top-10s in 2006, earning him a spot in the PGA TOUR Championship.
Rebounding from a 2006 injury, Perry is a force to be reckoned with on this year's PGA TOUR. Perry's victory at the John Deere Classic, solidified his place as a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team held in his home state of Kentucky later this year. He is ranked 4th on the 2008 PGA TOUR money list.
Leonard is enjoying a career year as part of the winning U.S. Ryder Cup Team and with five top-5 finishes on TOUR. Leonard made one of the game's most celebrated shots -- a 45-foot putt in the 1999 Ryder Cup that earned a decisive half point in what became a stirring comeback win for the U.S. Leonard has claimed one major, the Open Championship in 1997, a year in which he also had top-10 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship.
Weir is enjoying another steady season highlighted by four top-five finishes including finishing 2nd two times on TOUR. In 2007, Weir returned to the winner's circle at the Fry's Electronics Open and defeated Woods in Weir's Canadian homeland at the President's Cup.
Donald, the two-time PGA TOUR winner also claimed victory at the 2006 World Challenge. He highlighted a consistent 2007 year with two runner-up finishes and placed in the top-10 at the Masters. Donald finished second in the Honda Classic, his best finish on the PGA TOUR in 2008 and is returning to golf at this year's Chevron World Challenge after successful hand surgery.
Ames has secured four top-5 finishes on this year's TOUR, including finishing third at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. 2007 was a season in which he worked on swing changes and won on TOUR for the second consecutive year.
Fans can conveniently order tickets through the tournament website www.chevronworldchallenge.com or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX (8449). The new Weekly Ticket Book (a $170 value) is the best admission value, providing separate tickets for each tournament day. It can be purchased for $100 and includes a grounds- only ticket for the entire tournament week (Wednesday-Sunday).
Daily Gallery Tickets, which are grounds-only passes for individual days, can be purchased for any single day Wednesday-Sunday. Tickets are $30 per day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and $40 per day on Saturday and Sunday.
Daily Youth Tickets (ages 13-17) cost $10 per day and can be purchased at the gate only. Children 12 and younger have free admission if accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per paid adult). All tickets are subject to space availability.
Executive Club Memberships are available on an individual, weekly or group basis. Located adjacent to the driving range for prime viewing, Executive Club members enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, full bar, parking, complimentary pairings guides and tournament programs. The Executive Club Weekly Membership costs $800 ($875 value) and provides admission for one individual each day of the tournament (Thursday-Sunday).
General admission parking is free and complimentary guides are available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information visit www.chevronworldchallenge.com.
About the Tiger Woods Foundation Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration and grant making programs. 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.
Launched in February, 2006, the Tiger Woods Learning Center is an innovative 14-acre, after school campus designed to inspire career exploration. Serving members in grades 5 through 12, classes include forensic science, robotics, engineering, aerospace, video production and marine biology. Tiger's Action Plan-based on Earl Woods' best-selling book, Start Something-is a free program for youth 8-17 that addresses three priorities: character education, volunteer service and career exploration. Through participation in TAP, youth define a specific personal goal and develop an action plan to achieve it while giving back to their community and exploring careers that fit within their areas of interest. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.
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Companies joining Chevron and Bank of America 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.
For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor/Rachel Rees, TWF, 949.725.3003
Russ Yarrow, Chevron Corp., 925.842.0025
Joe Goode, Media Relations, Bank of America, 617.434.7314