Woods keen to stand test of time

Tiger Woods heads a talented 16-man field for this week’s Target World Challenge which begins at the Sherwood Country Club in California today.

Tiger Woods heads a talented 16-man field for this week’s Target World Challenge which begins at the Sherwood Country Club in California today.

Woods, who is 30 on December 30, won 46 PGA Tour events in his 20s and is already third in the Major championship victories list with 10, trailing only Walter Hagen (11) and Jack Nicklaus (18).

He has also twice completed a career grand slam.

With more and more golfers flourishing in their 30s and even their 40s, Woods predicts big things from himself in the years to come.

“If you look at most of the guys’ careers, it looks like their peak years are in their 30s,” said Woods. “Hopefully that will be the case for me. Hopefully my 30s will be better than my 20s. That would be pretty neat to have happen.

Woods wrapped up his final season before turning 30 in style, winning the Masters and The Open and he was voted Player of the Year for the seventh time in the last nine seasons earlier this week.

He won six times this season and also claimed the Arnold Palmer Award for topping the money list and the Byron Nelson Trophy for lowest scoring average (68.66).

Woods, who serves as tournament host for this event, shot a final-round five-under-par 66 to win here last season by two shots over Padraig Harrington.

The Irishman is back in the field and the pair will be joined by Chris DiMarco, David Toms, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie, 2005 US Open Champion Michael Campbell, Thomas Bjorn, David Howell and Tim Clark.

Montgomerie captured his 30th title on the European Tour last week by winning the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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