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Dec 9, 2013

Woods finds good and bad in Sherwood farewell

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tournament host Tiger Woods expressed bitter-sweet feelings after he lost out in a playoff for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Sunday as the elite event ended a run of 14 years in California.

Next December, the World Challenge will shift to Isleworth Country Club outside Orlando in Florida, but Woods will long treasure memories of his five previous victories here and the $25 million raised by the tournament for his foundation.

Dec 9, 2013

Johnson steals Tiger’s thunder with Sherwood win

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tournament host Tiger Woods was denied a sixth win of the year in sensational fashion when he lost the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in a playoff with Zach Johnson at Sherwood Country Club on Sunday.

Johnson, who had twice finished second to fellow American Woods at this elite limited-field event, sealed victory with a rock-solid par at the 18th, the first extra hole, where Woods lipped out with a five-footer to bogey.

Dec 8, 2013

Tiger Woods two ahead after testing day at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods stayed on track for his sixth victory of the year as he maintained a two-shot lead after a brutally difficult day for scoring at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Saturday.

The American world number one ground out a level-par 72 in blustery winds with several tough pin positions at Sherwood Country Club to end the third round of the tournament which he hosts at 11-under 205.

Dec 8, 2013

Tiger Woods wary of Johnson heading into final round

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is in good position heading into Sunday’s final round to clinch his sixth victory at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge but he will keep a wary eye on Zach Johnson, his closest challenger.

Johnson has twice finished second to Woods at the elite event hosted by the world number one, and he gave the 14-times major champion a battle royale in 2011 when they duelled for supremacy down the stretch.

Dec 8, 2013

Woods wary of Johnson heading into final round

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is in good position heading into Sunday’s final round to clinch his sixth victory at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge but he will keep a wary eye on Zach Johnson, his closest challenger.

Johnson has twice finished second to Woods at the elite event hosted by the world number one, and he gave the 14-times major champion a battle royale in 2011 when they dueled for supremacy down the stretch.

Dec 8, 2013

Woods two ahead after testing day at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods stayed on track for his sixth victory of the year as he maintained a two-shot lead after a brutally difficult day for scoring at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Saturday.

The American world number one ground out a level-par 72 in strengthening winds with several tough pin positions at Sherwood Country Club to end the third round of the tournament which he hosts with an 11-under total of 205.

Dec 7, 2013

Tiger stumps Sherwood rivals with magical 62

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods’ closest challengers were left scratching their heads in disbelief after the world number one took control of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge with a 10-under-par 62.

Five-times champion Woods played near-flawless golf on Friday in the second round of the tournament he hosts, equaling the course record he set at Sherwood Country Club in 2007 to end the day two shots clear.

Dec 7, 2013

Woods takes control with a 62 at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, California (Reuters) – Tiger Woods regained his putting touch at Sherwood Country Club as he fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 to surge two strokes clear in Friday’s second at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

A day after struggling with the slick pace of the greens at the elite 18-man event which he hosts, the American world number one delivered a superb all-round display on the way to an 11-under total of 133.

Dec 6, 2013

Golf-Holder McDowell ‘quite happy’ with Sherwood start

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 5 (Reuters) – California has been a successful hunting ground for Graeme McDowell over the last four years and he was happy enough with his start to the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Thursday.

Seeking his third victory in the elite event hosted by Tiger Woods, McDowell launched his title defence with a level-par 72 to end the opening round in a tie for sixth, five strokes behind pace-setting American Zach Johnson.

Dec 6, 2013

Golf-Poor putting costs Woods two shots at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Two short missed putts bookended a grinding round for Tiger Woods as the tournament host opened with a one-under-par 71 at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Thursday.

In pursuit of his sixth victory this year, the American world number one drove the ball well but was not as sharp with his irons and his putting as he finished up four strokes behind the pace-setting Zach Johnson in an elite field of 18.