Final Target of the Year in Sight

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Lets say youre Justin Leonard. Youve just played 23 official events on the PGA Tour. Youve also competed in the World Golf Championships-World Cup as well as the Presidents Cup in South Africa.
 
Its now time to spend a few weeks with your wife and newborn child before you have to start it all over again in 2004.
 
But not just yet. Theres one last commitment to honor.
 
This weeks Target World Challenge will feature 16 of the top players in the world competing for a $1.2 million first-place prize at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
 
Thats 1.2-million reasons to pick up the clubs one final time this year. Theres also one more reason to show: Tiger Woods.
 
Woods is the official host of the $5-million tournament, which benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation.
 
The field includes the defending champion and the top 11 players from the Official World Golf Ranking (as of Oct. 6) who accepted invitations. Woods also selected four special exemptions.
 
Woods, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Masters champion Mike Weir, Kenny Perry, Nick Price, Darren Clarke, Leonard, K.J. Choi, Chris DiMarco and Robert Allenby qualified based on their world rankings. Jay Haas, Fred Couples, British Open winner Ben Curtis and PGA champion Shaun Micheel received exemptions.
 
Padraig Harrington is the defending champion.
 
The Irishman claimed his first triumph in the States by denying Woods a repeat victory a year ago. Harrington is coming off a win in last weeks Hong Kong Open, which counts towards the 2004 European Tour schedule.
 
This is the fifth playing of this tournament: Woods won in 2001; Love in 2000; Tom Lehman in 1999.
 
Woods, Singh and Love are the only players to compete in all five editions. On the other hand, Weir, Perry, Allenby, Haas, Curtis and Micheel are making their debuts.
 
This is just another layover in Allenbys worldwide extravaganza.
 
The Aussie is playing his sixth of seven consecutive events. He has made stops in Texas, Tokyo, South Africa, Australia ' where he won last weeks Australian Masters in a playoff, and now California. He will head back to his native Melbourne following this week.
 
The event is 72 holes under stroke-play conditions. There is no cut.
 
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