November 22 2013
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."