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Northwestern Mutual named World Challenge presenting sponsor

Elite 18-player field includes 13 golfers from the 2012 Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods returns to Sherwood as the World Challenge defending champion. Tiger Woods returns to Sherwood as the World Challenge defending champion.

We are thrilled to announce Northwestern Mutual as the new presenting sponsor of the 14th annual World Challenge! The tournament takes places Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The elite 18-player field will include 13 members from this year's Ryder Cup team, the winner of the Masters, the U.S. Open champion and the 2012 FedExCup champion.

Joining host and defending champion Tiger Woods in pursuit of the $1 million top prize are Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson. Also participating are European Ryder Cup standouts Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, along with Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.

"We are extremely excited about the depth and talent of our field, and are looking forward to another exciting tournament," Woods said. "Northwestern Mutual has been a great partner to my Foundation over the years, and we are pleased they will take the role of presenting sponsor."

This year's field has combined for 19 PGA TOUR wins, including two major championships (Watson at the Masters and Simpson at the U.S. Open) in 2012. Woods leads the way with three individual victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament and the AT&T National. Snedeker (Farmers Insurance Open, TOUR Championship and FedExCup Champion); Mahan (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Shell Houston Open); Dufner (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, HP Byron Nelson Classic); and Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational, John Deere Classic) all have multiple wins.

Other 2012 winners include: Stricker (Hyundai Tournament of Champions); Fowler (Wells Fargo Championship); Kuchar (THE PLAYERS Championship); Dustin Johnson (FedEx St. Jude Classic); Bradley (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational); and Watney (The Barclays).

The World Challenge will be televised live on Golf Channel, Nov. 28 and 29 from 12-3 p.m. PT and will receive live network coverage on NBC, Dec. 1 and 2 from 12-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Tickets, which start as low as $30, can be purchased online, in person or by calling 1-800-594-TIXX. For more information, visit