Tiger headlines strong Chevron field

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Tiger Woods will headline a star-studded field at the end-of-season Chevron Challenge at the Sherwood CC.

Tiger Woods will headline a star-studded field at the end-of-season Chevron Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club.

The field, named on Wednesday, includes two of this year’s major winners in Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Germany’s Martin Kaymer along with 10 other Ryder Cup stars.

From the USA they are recent FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and Anthony Kim, who missed this year’s Ryder Cup matches at Celtic Manor but was one of the top stars for the Americans when beat Europe in the US two years ago.

And from Europe they are Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Englishmen Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter.

Phil Mickelson was also invited to play in the event, but turned it down on the grounds that he is currently suffering from a rheumatic condition.

The Nedbank Challenge, another similar silly season-type event held annually and, tongue-in-cheek, referred to by some as “Africa’s Major” has, in the meantime announced that the strong World No 1 pursuer Lee Westwood will be in the field alongside leading South Africans like Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and reigning Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.

When the remaining players for the Sun City event, to be played, as always, at the Gary Player Country Club, are named next week, they are expected to include Australia’s Robert Allenby and a fourth South African, Tim Clarke.

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