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Duval and Singh added to Tiger's World Challenge

David Duval, who was the No. 2 player in the world before he was hampered by a back injury late in the season, and Fiji's Vijay Singh, the current Masters champion, have accepted invitations to play in the Tiger Woods Foundation's Williams World Challenge, presented by Target, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, at Sherwood Country Club in Thousands Oaks, Calif.

Duval and Singh will join tournament host Tiger Woods and nine others in a field of 12 of the world's greatest players in a lucrative $3.5 million tournament. The winner of the 72-hole event will earn $1 million and the 12th place finisher will take home $120,000.

Duval, who is now the No. 3 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, was forced to miss the PGA Championship at Valhalla in August because of his ailing back, but it is better now and he is eager play again with the best players in the world.

It is ironic that Duval suffered an injury during the year in which he worked hard to get his body and game into the best shape possible. "I had my game right where I wanted it, and my physical fitness program had me in the best shape of my life," Duval said.

When Duval is on his game, he can be an intimidating force. No lead is safe from a man who closed with a 59 to with the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1999 and was ranked as the No. 1 player in the world for the first half of that year.

In the three years before his back injury, Duval finished no worse than second on the money list, and won the money title in 1998 when he won four tournaments and earned $3,641,906. During that three-year span, Duval won 11 tournaments, finished second four times and was among the top 10 finishers 31 times in 73 tournaments.

Duval finished second in the inaugural Williams World Challenge at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., last January. He posted a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 270 to wind up three strokes behind winner Tom Lehman.

David Duval pictured earlier this year at the Buick Open.Allsport.

Singh, the No. 9-ranked player in the world, was born in Lautoka, Fiji, and now resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. His rise as a great golfer is a direct product of his relentless work ethic. A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, including two major championships (1998 PGA Championship and 2000 Masters), Singh has also won in other parts of the world, including Malaysia, France, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Spain, Germany, England, South Africa and Sweden.

"I do work hard on my game," Singh said, "because that's the best way to continue to improve. It doesn't matter if it's a major championship or a regular tour event, I believe in working hard at all times so that you can be at your best."

Fiji's only world-class golfer, Singh learned to play golf from his father, an airplane technician who also taught golf. Singh, whose first name means "victory" in Hindu, was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1991.

Besides his Masters victory this year, Singh has one second, one third and five top-10 finishes in 23 events. He has earned $1,987,368 to rank No. 7 on the money list.

Singh and Duval will feel comfortable at the new venue. Singh will like Sherwood because it is a difficult course. Duval likes it because he is familiar with it, having played there against Tiger Woods in last year's "Showdown at Sherwood," and in previous years when the course was the site for the Shark Shootout.

Sherwood, which opened 12 years ago, boasts one of the top golf courses in the world and features 1,800 full mature oak trees and lush landscaping including waterfalls, jasmine and rose bushes.

Practice rounds will be played on Nov. 27 followed by a two-day pro-am on Nov. 28 and 29.The 72-hole tournament will run Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

 

 

 

 

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