Lowdown: Tiger Woods hosts, but will not play, in the Chevron World Challenge. A select field of just 16 professionals will compete around the, Jack Nicklaus designed, Sherwood Country Club for a first prize of $1,350,000. The field includes the likes of of Vijay Singh, Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas.
The tournament promises to be a good deal closer than last year’s event when Tiger romped home by seven shots, despite having just returned from a seven week layoff from competitive golf.

Preview: South African Open Championship

Venue: Sherwood Country Club, California
Date: December 18-21
Course stats: par 72, 7,027 yards
Purse: $5,750,000 Winner: $1,350,000
Defending champion: Tiger Woods (-22)

TV coverage:
Thursday 18 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8.00pm
Friday 19 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8.00pm
Saturday 20 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8.00pm
Sunday 21 – Live on Setanta Golf from 8.00pm

Player watch:
Vijay Singh – The big Fijian is capable of leaving the field standing if his putter behaves. He’ll probably be favourite going into the competition.
Anthony Kim – The young American has come of age in 2008 and will be hoping to close the year with a bang.

Key hole: 15th. A beautiful par 3 of 189 yards. The tee-shot is all carry across water to a narrow green. Getting the correct club here is essential.
Skills required: Scoring. Tiger Woods won last year with a -22 total. The winner will have to make a large number of birdies.