Tournament host Tiger Woods, defending champion Graeme McDowell and PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner are among the field for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, which will be played Dec. 2-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Sixteen members of the 18-man field were announced Monday. The announced participants include 10 of the top 20 players in the FedExCup. The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is a four-round, 72-hole stoke play event with a $3.5 million purse.The tournament, which awards Official World Golf Ranking points, is being held at Sherwood Country Club for the 15th consecutive year. The event's two exemptions will be announced at a later date.
The field also includes Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley and Jason Day
Tiger Woods has won the World Challenge five times throughout his career, his most recent win coming in 2011 with a dramatic six-foot birdie putt on the final hole. McDowell won both the 2010 and 2012 World Challenges.
"We are thrilled about the depth and talent of our field, and I'm looking forward to another exciting year of intense competition at Sherwood Country Club," Tiger Woods said. "It's so great to welcome Northwestern Mutual as the tournament's title sponsor. They have been an exceptional partner to the Foundation over the years."