Tiger Woods Happy to be Allowed to Participate in his Own Tournament

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These are strange times for Tiger Woods. A few years ago, he reigned in the world of professional golf, and now he is happy to have an opportunity to play in the Chevron World Challenge, the tournament that he hosts.

Woods thanked the tournament committee for granting him an exemption to participate in the event. Last month, he was ranked 49th which was barely enough to get a spot in the Chevron World Challenge. Since then, he dropped to No. 52 and tied for 30th at last week’s Frys.com Open in Northern California, the first event which he attended in seven weeks.

World number five Steve Stricker and current PGA champion Keegan Bradley will be the top-ranked golfers in this year’s event which will be staged at Sherwood Country Club between November 30 and December 4.

2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson and The Barclays champion Dustin Johnson will also participate in the tournament. Overall, the event will bring together 18 players, fourteen of whom are American and eleven are part of the United States squad in the 2011 Presidents Cup.

Woods has a good history of playing in this tournament – he won it four times and almost clinched the victory in last year’s playoff with Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. It remains to be seen how he will perform this time around.