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November 23, 2013

Tiger's event moving to his old home course

Tiger Woods is moving his World Challenge from his old home in California to his old course in Florida — Isleworth Country Club.

Woods said Friday that his charity event, which attracts a world-class field even without being part of any tour, will move in December 2014 to Isleworth, the course where he honed his professional game from 1996 until moving away to south Florida two years ago.

Isleworth is among several golf communities owned by the Tavistock Group, which will share the tournament proceeds with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Tavistock Group and my friend, Joe Lewis, and I am thrilled to see it grow in support of our foundations,” Woods said.

The World Challenge had been at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., since 2001. It was played the first two years in Arizona.

The move appears to be the end of the Tavistock Cup, which began as match between tour players from Isleworth and Lake Nona and since has expanded to include other Tavistock properties, such as Albany in the Bahamas.

One possibility is for the World Challenge to move to the Bahamas, perhaps as early as 2015.

The Tavistock Cup is not part of the spring 2014 schedule on the PGA Tour’s website — noteworthy because the tour’s schedule still includes the CVS Charity Classic, another unofficial event — and the exhibition is not listed on the Tavistock Cup’s website.

“We have had 10 great years hosting our own Tavistock Cup golf tournament, and we believe this new partnership with the World Challenge will allow us to expand our presence and investment in the game,” said Andy Odenbach, vice president of Sports Ventures at Tavistock Group.

The World Challenge would bring far more credibility, and attention, to Isleworth because it is a four-day event that has been televised on NBC Sports. And while the World Challenge is unofficial, it began offering world ranking points in 2010 by developing a criteria for the field and limited its two sponsor exemptions to the top 50 in the world.

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