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Woods boasts strongest field yet for event
Tiger Woods has announced that he is to welcome the strongest field yet to his World Challenge event, hosted at Sherwood Country Club in California during early December.

And that's despite the PGA Tour starting a new season in October, and big name golf tournaments taking place around the world. The World No1 was said to be surprised and delighted at the line-up his event will host.

"It's our deepest and strongest field that we've had, possibly ever," Woods said.

Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Jason Day and Ernie Els are some of the overseas stars expected to attend.

"I think we're all very surprised that we've got as many international players playing this year," Woods said.

In addition to Woods, the American presence is deep and impressive. PGA Champion Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and many more stars of the PGA Tour will be taking part.

Woods said: "The American players have supported our event throughout the years. Obviously, it's easier travel if you're based in the States. The guys who are playing in the Race to Dubai, it's a bit more of a challenge to get them to play. But for some reason, this year we've had guys wanting to play and we have probably the best field we've had."

With a relatively small purse ($3.5 million smaller than any other tournament on the PGA or European Tour in 2013) and no official status, it's neither the coin nor the points that draws the players to the west coast.

"I think word has spread," Woods said. "We've always treated players well there. They've had a great time. It's close enough to the following year where some of the guys want to try and experiment with a few things equipment wise, club deal."

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