Woods looks to end 'painful' season on a high


Woods looks to end 'painful' season on a high
With the European Tour season drawing to a close at last week's Dubai World Championship, all eyes will now turn to two events in the US and South Africa.

Tiger Woods is set to host the Chevron World Challenge, which will welcome a star-studded 18-man field to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

In addition to the 14-time major champion, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Jim Furyk will all be competing for the $1 million-plus winner's cheque.

Although the event is not officially sanctioned by the PGA Tour, it offers an opportunity for Woods to register his first victory of a troubled 2010 season, both on and off the course.

The 35-year-old, who uses Nike VR Forged TW Blade irons, has struggled for form throughout the campaign and endured a much-publicised divorce after admitting to a string of affairs.

Woods conceded that the year has been "very painful" but also explained that he feels close to rediscovering his best golf as he becomes more comfortable with his remodelled swing.

"Over the last five to six tournaments, I'd get in these hot streaks where I'd do it right," said the American.

"I'd get it going for two, three, four holes and now they're lasting close to nine holes.

"Now I've got to get it for 18 holes, eventually all 72, and then down to an entire major championship. So it's a process."

Woods has triumphed on four of his eight appearances at the Chevron World Challenge - while also finishing runner-up on three occasions - but last year's event was won by Furyk.

Meanwhile, an equally impressive field will gather at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City for the 30th instalment of the Nedbank Challenge.

World number one Lee Westwood will be hitting his Titleist Pro V1x golf ball at the event alongside the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and defending champion Robert Allenby.

Oosthuizen, Anders Hansen and Edoardo Molinari will all be making their debuts at the tournament, with experienced campaigners such as Retief Goosen and Miguel Angel Jimenez also competing.

The 12 players scheduled to tee off in South Africa will share a prize pool of $5 million, with the winner taking home $1.25 million and the player who finishes last still scooping $250,000.

Els is particularly fond of playing in front of his home crowd at the Nedbank Challenge, having triumphed in 1999 with a record four-round total of 25 under par before adding further victories in 2000 and 2002.

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