Woods given special exemption for World Challenge

He might be ranked well outside the top 100 in the world but it just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Still no-one should whinge about Tiger Woods being invited to the Hero World Challenge after he sought (and received) an exemption into the end-of-year event.

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After all, it is an event he and his late father Earl Woods started.

And the fact it carries world rankings points and normally comprises an elite field of 18 who are all, normally, ranked in the top 50 in the world is possibly irrelevant.

The PGA Tour hierarchy obviously agrees.

“Given the fact that the Tiger Woods Foundation owns and runs the event, that Tiger hosts the event, that he’s been critical to the success of the Tiger Woods Foundation and he’s won the tournament five times, we felt his request was reasonable,” said the PGA Tour’s executive vice president Ty Votaw.

“After consulting with the Official World Golf Ranking people, we approved it.”

Woods will take one of two sponsor-exemptions into the World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and was started in 1999.

This year’s event will be played from December 3-6 in the Bahamas.

The event invites its defending champion, the current year’s major championship winners, the top 11 players available from the world rankings and two sponsor exemptions – provided they are in the top 50.

The world ranking is then used to fill out the field.

Woods finished tied for last in the event at Isleworth in Orlando won last December by Jordan Spieth.