Tiger's World Challenge will move to Florida
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tiger Woods' World Challenge is swapping coasts.
The elite, limited–field event will be held Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., not far from Los Angeles, where it has been held 13 of the last 14 years. But that will be the final one there.
The event’s new address as part of a multi-year agreement will be a familiar one for Woods. The tournament is moving to central Florida – to the place of his former residence, Isleworth Golf & Country Club.
In conjunction with the announcement, Isleworth general manager David Kemp wrote in an email to its membership that the Tavistock Cup, which was held in March during the Florida Swing and rotated between Isleworth and Lake Nona, would cease to exist after a 10-year run.
“This new partnership is a terrific opportunity for us to enhance our position within professional golf,” Isleworth general manager David Kemp wrote in an email to its membership. “It also allows us the opportunity to expand our reach through weekend network-television coverage and without weather delays from the prior week's tournament.”
Since 2000 Tiger Woods has been hosting his own World Challenge, an unofficial event that offers world-ranking points.
“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,” Tiger Woods said in a release. “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 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.”
Tiger Woods Foundation president and CEO Greg McLaughlin said the event will remain a 72-hole, stroke-play event with a limited field (18 players are scheduled to compete this year). The Tavistock Group also developed Lake Nona and McLaughlin said discussions are ongoing pertaining to the future venue beyond announcing Isleworth as the host Dec. 1-7, 2014.
Also still to be determined is the title sponsor of the event moving forward. Northwestern Mutual stepped in as the title sponsor for 2013 at Sherwood.
“We will certainly talk to them,” McLaughlin said. “We’re actively in the market looking for a sponsor for 2014.”
McCullough downplayed the possibility of the Tavistock Group doubling as host venue and title sponsor.
“Their role really is in helping us to secure one,” he said.