Tiger narrowly qualifies for his own event

Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2010 Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club.
Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2010 Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, September 18, 2011

LEMONT, Ill. — Tiger Woods was among the winners after the BMW Championship, even though he didn't play.

Woods slipped to No. 49 in the world ranking Sunday, meaning he will be eligible for the Chevron World Challenge, the tournament he hosts in Southern California in December.

The Chevron World Challenge was allowed two years ago to offer ranking points, provided it have only two sponsor exemptions and both were among the top 50 in the world. Woods was at No. 46 going into the week, and was passed by Geoff Ogilvy, Sergio Garcia and Bill Haas.

The tournament could have asked the PGA Tour for a change in criteria to allow Woods to play, although it might not have been able to award ranking points.

The tournament will be played Dec. 1-4 at Sherwood Country Club.