I would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. This week’s event is a reduced field, with only 18 of the world best competing for the honor of being named this year’s Champion. The players will be playing back in the United States this week at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club, located in sunny Thousand Oaks, California. Lets take a closer look at the golf course.
Sherwood Country Club
A course designed by Jack Nicklaus, Sherwood CC is a thinking mans track. Measuring 7027 yards, this Par 72 can give up scores in the mid 60’s, but will also force some players to shoot in the mid 70’s. The course is carved through over 1800 fully matured oak trees, ensuring players must be accurate with both their tee and approach shots.
Sherwood is known as one of the most aesthetically pleasing courses in the world, but not a push over by any means. While you are watching this week I am sure many of you will be wishing you were walking this pristine track, something Jack Nicklaus tends to accomplish when he designs courses.
My favorite hole on the course is also Jack’s favorite finishing hole he has designed. The 444 yard, Par 4 18th will force players to hit an accurate drive and then a mid to long iron into a difficult green. The green is two tiered, slopping from back to front, and is guarded by thick rough, bunkers, and a water hazard featuring a waterfall. The 18th is truly a combination of beauty and difficulty.
Below is a list of the field playing in this week’s tournament. It is only an 18 man field this week but is absolutely loaded with super star talent.
Tiger Woods – A 5time winner of this tournament.
Jim Furyk – Won here in 2009
Graeme McDowell- won here in 2010 and 2012
Free Outright Winner Pick:
**Below is our free pick for this week, and it will be a 2 UNIT selection.
JASON DAY 18 to 1 – Day enters this event on the heels of an emotional win in Australia. Jason lost eight family members because of the horrific Typhoon that tore apart the Philippine’s just under a month ago. Jason expressed to the media what a difficult time this was and how he would lean on friends and family for support. Jason teed it up at Royal Melbourne only two weeks after the terrible news and went on to an amazing victory. He sank a 7 foot par putt on the 18th hole to seal the victory over Thomas Bjorn and gave the home crowd something to remember. After sinking the putt and winning the tournament Day walked across the green to share an emotional hug with his mother and sister. Jason is one of the most talented golfers in the world and I already have him pegged to win a major next season, but that win was big for him. He will enter this week brimming with confidence and should fair much this year than his past two starts at Sherwood CC. One thing I want everyone to watch for this week is how confidently Jason is rolling putts from between 5 and 15 feet.
Enjoy the golf everyone