On Thursday, Tiger Woods will host the Chevron World Challenge, and the noted golf enthusiast will have a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking he has lost during a sub-par 2010. The field will be made up of 18 golfers, including Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Rory McIlroy.
The Chevron World Challenge, which has been played each year since 1999, counts toward the world rankings even though it isn't an official PGA Tour event. Woods has designs on winning at Sherwood Country Club this week:
"That hasn't changed. I love winning," Woods said Tuesday as he spoke with reporters at the elite 18-man tournament.
"Coming down the stretch on the back nine with a chance to win -- that's the rush, that's the thrill of why we practice.
"That's why we train, why we hit all those balls tireless hours, is to put ourselves in that one position."
Woods is more than a year removed from his last PGA Tour win, which fell in September 2009. He currently stands at No. 2 in the world, just below Lee Westwood. If Woods wins and Westwood, who is not playing in this tournament, finishes outside the top two at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Woods will move up to No. 1. He's only as high as No. 2 by virtue of the points he accumulated prior to his year-long slump.
Here's the full list of golfers who will compete at the Chevron World Challenge:
Most of the big names will be present, with the notable exceptions of Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer, who is withdrawing in order to serve as caddy for his girlfriend at a European Tour event. As Waggle Room says, "Awwwwwwwwwww." Throughout the tournament, be sure to check out Waggle Room, SB Nation's golf blog, for news and updates.