The World Challenge that Tiger Woods has hosted every holiday season since 1999 means so much to him that he spent what was believed to be $4 million of his own money to help cover operating costs in a year it did not have a full title sponsor.
The future of the event is no longer in doubt. The World Challenge is back on the schedule this year.
"There wasn't a doubt whether we could stage it. The question was whether we could get the necessary corporate support," said Greg McLaughlin, the president of the Tiger Woods Foundation who also runs his tournaments. "We're happy that we have a lot of support for the event that we've been able to generate the last few months."
The tournament is set for Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, where it has been since 2001. McLaughlin said he was not ready to announce the corporate support. Since it began, the World Challenge has raised more than $25 million for college-access programs through the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim and the Earl Woods Scholarship program.
The World Challenge only offers world ranking points, not to mention a healthy holiday bonus. Even with a reduced purse without a title sponsor, Graeme McDowell made $1 million and last place in the 18-man field paid $120,000 in 2012.
He drove from Pittsburgh, where he finished ninth on Sunday in the Senior Players Championship, to Newark Airport (N.J.) and then a flight home to Scotland.
After a few hours' rest, he teed up Tuesday at the Gullane No. 1 course east of Edinburgh in the hope of securing one of three spots in golf's oldest major -- which starts July 18 at nearby Muirfield. He shot 69-76.
In the Dominican Republic Open, a PGA Tour Latin America event that ended June 1, Maurice Allen opened with 100 and returned the next day and shot 115. The long drive specialist missed the cut by 67 shots. His scorecard featured two 10s, an 11 and a 13.
One thing led to another, and Payton ended up agreeing to help Palmer, who gave his regular caddie the week off. The two are good friends who met in Dallas.