Tiger Woods responded to this shot by getting up-and-down from a greenside bunker for his own par to force a playoff. Click here to watch Tiger's clutch par.
Tiger Woods is among 12 men nominated for the United States Sports Academy's Athlete of the Year.
On-line voting for the male and female award winners continues until midnight Friday, Dec. 20. Click here to cast your vote.
Woods, who won five times on the PGA TOUR in 2013, is joined on the ballot by last year's winner, track star Usain Bolt, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, cyclist Chris Froome, Miami Heat forward LeBron James, marathoner Wilson Kipsang, skier Todd Ligety, soccer standout Lionel Messi, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, boxer Manny Pacquiao and gymnast Kohei Uchimura.
Tennis star Serena Williams, who won last year's women's award, returns to the 2013 ballot along with LPGA standouts Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen, as well as gymnast Simone Boles, swimmer Missy Franklin, sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, WNBA standout Maya Moore, hurdler Brianna Rollins, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, soccer star Abby Wambach and figure skater Kim Yuna.
The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s year-long Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports around the globe. Each month, the worldwide online votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the male and female winners.
The Academy, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will announce the 2013 Athletes of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 25.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Whether Tiger Woods wins this week's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge or not, Sunday will be a bittersweet day for him.
After 14 years, his annual limited-field event is moving from Sherwood Country Club near where he grew up in Southern California to Isleworth Golf & Country Club near Orlando.
"It is going to be emotional," Woods said Wednesday. "Sherwood, the board here, all the volunteers that come out and support us in sunshine or rain, wind, cold or perfect sunny So Cal days. They come out to support our event and have made this event as special as it has been.
"Most golf tournaments don't stay at one golf course for that long. I foresee certainly an emotional Sunday for sure."
It's also a sign of the times.
After going without a title sponsor in 2012, Northwestern Mutual signed a one-year deal for this year's tournament.
Going forward, the Tavistock Group will be part of the picture -- Woods has been a longtime friend of its Joe Lewis.
Throw in a packed golf calendar and the decision was all but made for the tournament's host.
"It's harder to get good players to play, quite frankly," Woods said. "And sponsorship dollars are certainly not exactly easy to come by in these economic times. So it made sense for us to move.
"It was certainly not an easy decision. But there are a lot of players that are based there in Florida. It will be a little easier for the guys to make a trek out instead of coming all the way out here, to stay right there in Florida."
As for Woods, this will be his final start of 2013.
While he won five times and was named Player of the Year on the PGA TOUR, he failed to win a major championship for a fifth straight season.
"I certainly wish I could have played a little better in major championships," Woods admitted. "I was there at the Masters and there at the British certainly with a chance, but just didn't get it done. The other two I just didn't play well. But winning THE PLAYERS Championship and then obviously four other events, I think it's a pretty good year.
"I feel like I've improved this year than I did over the previous year. I'm very pleased at the overall year."
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Looks like Jason Dufner will have a wee bit of a conflict when he tees off in the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
That's because his third-ranked Auburn Tigers battle No. 5 Missouri for the SEC title on Saturday -- and the kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. The third round at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. ET.
In fact, Dufner even took to Twitter in an attempt to resolve his dilemma.
Dear Mr @TigerWoods I petition the event this week to play 36 holes Thurs and Friday,so I can watch my beloved Auburn play for SEC champ thx— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) December 2, 2013
About three hours later, Woods tweeted: @Jason Dufner Petition denied.
Of course, Woods, who hosts the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, also has a team playing for a conference championship on Saturday. But his Stanford Cardinal, ranked seventh, plays No. 11 Arizona State at 7:45 p.m. ET so he'll have plenty of time to get in front of the TV.
Dufner isn't the only War Eagle product on TOUR -- Will Claxton, Lee Williams and Gary Christian also went to Auburn but they control their own schedules this weekend. Ditto for Alex Aragon, who is the other former Stanford golfer on TOUR.
There are nine former Arizona State golfers on TOUR -- Phil Mickelson, Pat Perez, Billy Mayfair, Ricky Barnes, Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Joey Snyder III, Matt Jones and Benjamin Alvarado. None are playing at Sherwood this year.
Perez even had a solution for Dufner, the reigning PGA champ: @JasonDufner @TigerWoods. You gotta play worse Duf during the year so you have time off like me to watch all the good stuff
Meanwhile, surprising Duke faces an uphill battle in its Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against undefeated and top-ranked Florida State at 8 p.m. ET. Duke grads Joe Ogilvie, Kevin Streelman and Wes Roach represent the Blue Devils on TOUR while Jonas Blixt and George McNeill represent the Seminoles.
Nick Watney and Kevin Sutherland will have a vested interest in No. 23 Fresno State's game with Utah State at 10 p.m. ET to decide the Mountain West Conference title, as well. Both played for the Bulldogs.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
As you might expect from a tournament hosted by the game's No. 1 player, Tiger Woods, the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge features an star-studded cast.
There are 18 players competing at Sherwood Country Club this week in the 15th renewal of the event. Among the past champions in the field are five-time champion Tiger Woods and two-time winner Graeme McDowell, who defends his title.
Want to watch? Competition will be live on the Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday and 3-6 p.m. ET on NBC on Saturday and Sunday.
In the meantime, here's a look at the the field by the numbers:
>>> 10 of the top 20 players in the 2013 FedExCup standings
>>> Ten of the 18 competitors in this week’s field have at least one major championship title to their resume.
>>> 10 of the 12 players from the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup Team
>>> 2013 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Tiger Woods
>>> 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth
>>> 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner
>>> Rory McIlroy, winner of last week’s Emirates Australian Open, his first title of 2013
The complete field features: Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, McDowell, McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Spieth, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood and Woods.
PGATOUR.COM is unveiling its top 10 moments of the 2013 season. The videos will be introduced on weekdays for the last two weeks of November. Check back each day for our favorites from the 2013 PGA TOUR Season.
|Top 10 Moments of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season|
||Nov. 18||Garcia hits shot from a tree at Arnold Palmer Invitational|
||Nov. 19||Reed escapes from the trees to win Wyndham Championship|
||Nov. 20||Woods dominates elite field at Bridgestone Invitational|
||Nov. 21||Dufner ties majors scoring record, wins PGA Championship|
||Nov. 22||Rose's historic approach on No. 18 at Merion to secure U.S. Open|
||Nov. 25||Spieth's incredible bunker shot during John Deere playoff|
||Nov. 26||Stenson wins the FedExCup|
||Nov. 27||Furyk shoots 59 in second round of BMW Championship|
||Nov. 28||Mickelson cards final-round 66 to win The Open Championship|
||Nov. 29||Scott's putt to force a playoff at The Masters|
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods is headed from one old home to another.
The world No. 1 announced Friday the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is moving to Isleworth Golf & Country Club near Orlando next year. It had been played at Sherwood Country Club outside Los Angeles 13 of the last 14 years.
"We have a longstanding relationship with Tavistock Group and my friend, Joe Lewis, and I am thrilled to see it grow in support of our Foundations," said Woods, a southern California native who called Isleworth home from 1996 until 2011 when he moved to South Florida. "We've enjoyed 15 amazing years in southern California, which helped us launch our flagship Tiger Woods Learning Center. It serves as a lasting tribute to the local fans that have supported us year after year. I’m looking forward to this next phase of the World Challenge and what it can bring to Florida."
Isleworth is owned by the Tavistock Group and previously played host to the Tavistock Cup, an annual team event in March held at Isleworth or Lake Nona Golf & Country Club that comes to an end after a 10-year run.
Since its inception, the World Challenge has raised more than $25 million for Woods' foundation. Beginning next year, proceeds will be shared with the Tavistock Foundation.
"We have had 10 great years hosting our own Tavistock Cup golf tournament, and we believe this new partnership with the World Challenge will allow us to expand our presence and investment in the game," said Andy Odenbach, vice president of Sports Ventures at Tavistock Group. "The World Challenge has become a marquee golf tournament. We are honored to build on its strong history and host the players, sponsors and fans at Isleworth Golf & Country Club."
This year's World Challenge takes place Dec. 2-8 and the 18-man field includes Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson.
Though not an official PGA TOUR event, Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded. Woods is a five-time winner of the tournament.
"We've been looking for ways to expand our relationship with Tavistock and this is a perfect fit," said Tiger Woods Foundation President and CEO Greg McLaughlin. "The golf season has evolved significantly since our first tournament in 1999. We've been evaluating the best path forward to continue this work. We are excited to partner with Tavistock Group and honored to bring our tournament to Isleworth."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Jordan Spieth will replace Brandt Snedeker in next month's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club.
Snedeker is still nursing a bruised tibia and strained ACL in his left knee after falling off a Segway at a corporate outing two weeks ago in China.
It will be Spieth's first appearance in the limited, 18-man field, which includes among others, tournament host Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell and Jason Dufner.
Spieth earned Rookie of the Year honors on the PGA TOUR this past season after a win, three runner-up finishes and six other top 10s. He finished eighth in FedExCup points and was a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup.