Woods Returns to Competitive Golf at Hero World Challenge

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Woods Returns to Competitive Golf at Hero World Challenge

The Hero World Challenge -- the premier PGA TOUR event hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation -- will tee-off at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida from December 4 to 7 this year.

The world's top 18 golfers, including 14-time major champion Woods, will participate in the tournament with a total prize purse of USD 3.5 million.

Other marquee players who have confirmed participation in the tournament include Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Chris Kirk, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker and defending champion Zach Johnson.

Hero MotoCorp, the world's largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, is the title sponsor of the 72-hole stroke play event. It is co-sponsored by the PGA TOUR and benefits the Tavistock Foundation and the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said, "This title sponsorship of the Hero World Challenge is reflective of Brand Hero's rapidly expanding global footprint. We are eagerly looking forward to the Hero World Challenge as Tiger will be making his comeback to competitive golf after a long injury lay-off.

"Having been associated with the game in India for over two decades, and being the title sponsor of the Hero Indian Open for both men and women for several years, it is only befitting that we should be stepping on to the global arena of golf with the Hero World Challenge. This is just the beginning. Going forward, we will certainly look at further cementing this relationship."

In 2013, the Tiger Woods Foundation announced the Hero World Challenge would relocate from Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando in partnership with the Tavistock Group, who previously hosted the successful Tavistock Cup.

The Hero World Challenge will continue to raise funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and will also benefit the Tavistock Foundation.

At the invitation of Munjal, Tiger Woods came to India on his maiden visit in February this year.

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