Tiger Woods has recruited an impressive field as the host for this year's season-ending Chevron World Challenge, with five of the top 10 players in the world scheduled to compete.
The world No. 1-ranked player said he won't be one of them, however. Out of action since having reconstructive knee surgery following his dramatic U.S. Open victory last June, Woods confirmed that he won't be ready to play in the $5.75 million tournament, to be played Dec. 18-21 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
"Unfortunately, I can't play that incredible golf course," Woods said Tuesday during a teleconference to promote the event. "I can only cheer from the sidelines in a cart, getting ready for the Senior Tour, so it will be a different kind of week for me - a lot of eating, a lot of sitting in there and grubbing."
The 16-player field includes Vijay Singh, Camillo Villegas, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan, K.J. Choi, Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, Mike Weir, Luke Donald and Stephen Ames.
Woods, 32, said he's been told his ACL will be at 85 percent strength after six months, but that it will likely take much longer for him to get 100 percent healthy.
"It's basically a two-year process," Woods said. "That's one reason why you see a lot of football players, when they get injured, they don't really have their great years for two years out. Luckily, I don't play football."
Woods admitted that having to sit out and watch the Ryder Cup Matches on TV was frustrating. He said it really hit home when he received a text from Jim Furyk as the American team was celebrating its victory over the Europeans at Valhalla Golf Club.
"I miss being on the team," Woods said. "I miss being in that team room, being out there and competing with the boys and seeing what we've got."
His $10 million bonus in hand after winning the FedEx Cup, Vijay Singh announced that he has withdrawn from a pair of tournaments in Asia he was scheduled to compete in over the next two months.
Singh cited nagging injuries as the reason for pulling out. He said he expects to take the next two months off completely, playing only the Father/Son Challenge and Woods' tournament in December.
"I've been hurt a lot," Singh told the Associated Press. "My arm still hurts and my back still hurts, so I'm going to take some time off and get myself in good shape physically and see if I can come out stronger."
• The European Tour announced Tuesday that it will require its members to play in at least 12 events in 2009, increasing the minimum by one event in an effort to get more players to join for the $10 million Race to Dubai.
• This week's PGA Tour event, the Turning Stone Resort Championship, offers a $6 million purse, by far the highest purse on the PGA Tour's Fall Series.
October 1, 2008
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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