THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Greg McLaughlin, the tournament director of the Chevron World Challenge, was standing on the first tee before the start of the final round when he was asked his thoughts on the day.
“I hope Tiger Woods wins today,” he said. “All the proceeds benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.”
McLaughlin smiled for effect. He first met Woods 20 years ago and gave him his first PGA Tour sponsor exemption, to the Nissan Open at Riviera, when Woods was 16. McLaughlin now is president of the foundation.
Woods has won the Chevron five times, Deutsche Bank once and the AT&T National once. After his win, Woods’ earnings from the events are now $12,510,777.
BIG POINTS, SMALL FIELDS: Woods’ first win in two years raised consternation in some circles that he could go from No. 52 to No. 21 in the world ranking after winning against an 18-man field in a tournament that doesn’t count as official on any tour.
The Official World Golf Ranking board, at its annual meeting in July, approved a modification for tournaments that have fewer than 30 players. Those events will no longer get the “home tour” rating component. Those essentially are bonus points that depend on how many players from the host tour are in the event.
The ranking of the players at Chevron contributed 215 points, and the home tour allowed for 36 additional points to determine the overall strength of field. That translates to 44 points for the winner. Without the home tour component, the winner would have received 40 points. Instead of No. 21, Woods would have gone to No. 25.