It's time again for the Chevron World Challenge, and Tiger Woods is lucky to be there. This is interesting considering that Woods is the perennial host of the tournament and that his foundation is allowed to select two sponsor exemptions for the tournament every year. Clearly, this would be an embarrassing blow to someone who was once thought to be nearly invincible. So why was Tiger Woods nearly barred from the tournament he founded?
The tournament only invites 18 players: the top 16 in the World Golf rankings who accept invitations as well as two sponsor exemptions. The catch? The sponsor exemptions must be in the top 50 in World Golf rankings. Woods' ranking on the cutoff day was 49.
While Tiger narrowly avoided an awkward situation, the tournament may present him with an opportunity to gain momentum now that he's in. For all the negativity that has surrounded Woods recently, this tournament, which raises money for the Tiger Woods Foundation, is a reminder of the good he has done. In fact, Woods has donated much of his personal winnings from the tournament in years past. This may just be Tiger's opportunity to get back in the swing of things.