The Tiger Woods World Challenge might have lost its marquee sponsor, but it sure hasn’t lost its allure among the world’s best players.
Eleven of the 12 U.S. Ryder Cup team members will play the event scheduled for Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The only American Ryder Cup player who will be missing is Phil Mickelson. The impressive list includes Steve Stricker, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.
Other players scheduled to take part in the 18-player tournament are Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.
Woods broke his winless streak last year at the World Challenge, outlasting Zach Johnson down the stretch. He went on to win three times on the PGA Tour in 2012.
For Woods, the World Challenge will be his 24th tournament of the year, which includes the Ryder Cup and the exhibition he played last week in Turkey. That’s his busiest schedule since he played 25 times in 2005, not including the Skins Game and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
“It was nice to be able to – other than one setback at Doral this year – to be healthy enough to where I have the opportunity to play as much as little as I want,” Woods said in a conference call. “It wasn’t something I was forced to sit on the sidelines, forced to rehab and get myself back into a position where I can compete. I was able to compete and play as many tournaments as I wanted to. So that was a positive.
“We’ll see going forward what that holds.”
– The Associated Press contributed to this report