Woods Hosts Target World Challenge


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods heads a field of 16 professionals when the Target World Challenge presented by Williams is held this week.
The fourth annual event will take place at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday through Sunday. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

'This is a truly international field of amazing competitors,' said Woods. 'With eight different countries represented, we have some of the greatest players from all over the world coming to Southern California, and I know Sherwood will be a challenge for them and a great venue for spectators.'

In addition to Woods, the top 11 players from the Official World Rankings as of Sept. 30 who accepted invitations comprise this year's field. In addition, the Tiger Woods Foundation selects four special exemptions.
Players who qualified based on their Official World Ranking include Phil Mickelson (2), Retief Goosen (4), David Toms (6), Davis Love III (7), Vijay Singh (8), Padraig Harrington (9), Jim Furyk (10), Nick Price (11), Michael Campbell (13), Chris DiMarco (14) and Bob Estes (15).
Rich Beem, Colin Montgomerie, Mark O'Meara and Bernhard Langer accepted special exemptions for the competition.
The winner of the $3.8 million, 72-hole stroke-play event will once again receive $1 million, while the 16th-place finisher will receive $130,000.
The field includes eight players who competed in the recent Ryder Cup at The Belfry: Woods, Mickelson, Toms, Love and Furyk from the U.S., and Montgomerie, Harrington and Langer from the victorious European team.

The international players in the field include Goosen (South Africa), Singh (Fiji), Harrington (Ireland), Price (Zimbabwe), Campbell (New Zealand), Montgomerie (Scotland) and Langer (Germany). The other nine competitors are from the U.S.

Woods, the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, shot an 8-under-par 64 in the final round last year as he rallied from four strokes back to defeat Singh by three strokes. In addition to his 2001 victory, Woods has finished second and 10th in this tournament and has earned $1.63 million in the three previous events.