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    TOURNAMENT HOST WOODS WINS RECORD THIRD TARGET WORLD CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY COUNTRYWIDE BY RECORD MARGIN

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2006) - Tiger Woods began tournament week at the Target World Challenge Presented by Countrywide in being honored as the PGA TOUR's 2006 Player of the Year. Fittingly, he capped the week as heads and shoulders above the 16-player field, his final-round 6-under-par 66 completing a tournament record four-shot victory over Australian Geoff Ogilvy at Sherwood Country Club. 

    Woods, the tournament host who compiled a four-day score of 16-under-par 272, is the first three-time winner of the eight-year-old event. He donated his $1.35 million winner's share (of the overall $5.75 million purse) to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, which opened in February in Anaheim, Calif.

    "You know it's going to help kids, and that's the beauty of it," said Woods, who collected his 11th title this year on Sunday. "The Learning Center is one small steppingstone toward what we're trying to do in building the overall (Tiger Woods) Foundation, trying to grow it globally. This was a step in the right direction for that."

    Woods is the Target World Challenge's all-time money leader with $5,597,500. He finished with eight victories, three runner-up finishes and $10,031,870 in earnings in his last 11 stroke play events of 2006, dating back to July's Cialis Western Open.

    Steady Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champ, arrived to the forefront with a third-round 5-under 67 and entered Sunday's final round with a one-shot lead over Woods and American Chris DiMarco, who finished third. Woods erased Ogilvy's lead after holing a 10-foot putt and a 20-foot chip for birdies on the second and third holes, and he never relinquished his lead from there.


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    WOODS WINS HIS EVENT FOR A RECORD THIRD TIME BY A RECORD MARGIN

    Swede Henrik Stenson, one of five newcomers to the Target World Challenge, impressively charged to a first-round lead after firing a 6-under 66. He lost the lead after Round 2, when Woods' second consecutive 4-under 68 earned him a one-shot lead over Stenson, who wound up finishing fourth.

    This year's Target World Challenge field continued to attract prestigious talent, featuring 14 of the top 21 players in the world and 10 golfers who played in the 2006 Ryder Cup. Eight nations were represented in the 16-player field.
     
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