Tiger Woods’ World Challenge Golf Tournament Gets New Presenting Sponsor

By Community | October 18, 2012

PGA Tour’s World Challenge golf event hosted by Tiger Woods has a new presenting sponsor.

The World Challenge will now be presented by Northwestern Mutual between Nov.29-Dec.2 at Sherwood Country Club. The field includes 13 players who competed in the Ryder Cup, but it does not include Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world.

The 18-player field includes: Woods, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney.

Five are ranked among the top 10 in the world.

“Without great sponsors such as Northwestern Mutual and all the local sponsors, this tournament wouldn’t be what it is,” Woods said. “All the guys who are playing here this year, it’s been, as Greg (McLaughlin, the CEO and president of the Tiger Woods Foundation) was alluding to earlier, one of the deepest fields we’ve ever had. So we’re very excited about having (13) Ryder Cup players and players who have won all around the world playing in this event.”

Woods won this tournament with a birdie on the final hole last year, snapping a two-year winless drought. It was the fifth time he’s won the tournament he hosts.

The tournament has previously been sponsored by Target and Chevron.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s World Challenge to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation,” said John E. Schlifske, chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual. “Northwestern Mutual, in addition to helping people achieve financial security, shares a common goal of helping secure the education, health and development of young people so they experience better tomorrows.”