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Tiger Attracts Star-Studded Field

October 12, 2010

Woods will be playing in his own event for the first time since 2007.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Tiger Woods

will join two major champions and at least a dozen players from both Ryder Cup

teams in his Chevron World Challenge in December at Sherwood Country Club.

Still to be determined is whether the All-Star field will be without the No. 1 player for the third straight year.

Woods' foundation announced the 16 players Monday who qualified from the world ranking

, a group that starts with Woods and goes down to Sean O'Hair at No. 28. The field includes U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and PGA champion Martin Kaymer.

The tournament is to be held Dec. 2-5.

Lee Westwood, who could replace Woods at No. 1 in the world next month, will be competing in Sun City, South Africa. Woods has not played his tournament since winning in 2007 -- he was recovering from knee surgery in 2008, and ran over a fire hydrant a week before last year's tournament, setting off revelations of infidelity.

Others scheduled to play are defending champion Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Anthony Kim and Bubba Watson.

The foundation will announce two exemptions next week. Because the 18-man field offers world ranking points, the two exemptions must come from within the top 50.