Tiger Woods And All-Star Field Make Northwestern Mutual World Challenge A Can't-Miss Tournament

By Brandon Raper
Allan Henry – USA TODAY Sports

To be fair to Jason Dufner, if Tiger Woods were going to make a schedule adjustment for every major champion in this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, he’d have quite the task on his hands.

Of course, there’s Dufner, the winner of this year’s PGA Championship. Keegan Bradley hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2011. Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, and Webb Simpson all have U.S. Open titles to their name. And what about the green jacket club that includes Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Rory McIlroy?

That’s quite the roster right there, and that’s not even mentioning Woods’s own personal stockpile of 14 majors, a mark he fully intends on increasing in 2014.

No, December doesn’t feature a single official tournament, but some of golf’s biggest names are on display in California this weekend. Even picking a winner of the 18-player field is little more than a guessing game, since all of the invitees have top-notch credentials.

So what is it that coaxed these players out of their winter vacation? Well, the money doesn’t hurt – last place still pays $100,000. Then, it’s not like those of us who are fans and spectators are the only ones who realize the star power on display here. Every possible pairing will look like a showdown in a major championship’s final round. Want to see Woods go toe-to-toe with McIlroy, or see President’s Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker? It could – and probably will – happen.

These guys are going to be doing their best to one-up each other at every possible opportunity, and that will certainly make for excellent viewing. If you’re looking to get one last golf fix before a long winter’s break, this is your best chance for a while. The stars don’t come out like this very often, so enjoy it while you can.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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