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THOUSAND OAKS---The only time
Los Angeles area golf fans could
watch Tiger Woods up close was
during the World Challenge, a hol-
iday event that attracts an 18-man
field from the top 50 in the world.
This week's tournament will be
the last at Sherwood Country Club.
Woods is moving the event to Isle-
worth, his old home in central Flori-
da. Then, it could be headed to the
In effect, he's closing a chapter
on golf in the Southern California
area he always called home.
The Tiger Woods Learning Centre,
a superb complex that recently
received a Golden Bell Award for
excellence in education, remains his
tie to Southern California. And the
Tiger Woods Foundation headquar-
ters will stay in Irvine.
But he stopped playing Riviera in
2006 after he narrowly made the
cut. The only regular event in Cal-
ifornia that Woods still plays is in
Torrey Pines, a two-hour drive from
his hometown of Cypress in Orange
Woods leaves a trail of stories
behind him. Here are five from his
time in Southern California.
TIGER VS SLAMMIN' SAMMY:
Woods was just starting kindergarten
when he was invited to join Sam
Snead at Calabasas Country Club
just north of LA. They played two
holes, starting with a par 3. Woods
hit into a creek fronting the green,
and Snead suggested he just pick it
up and drop it.
"That kind of ticked me off, so I
decided to play it out of the water,"
Woods once recalled. "I knocked it
on the green and two-putted for my
4." Now, he is only four victories
from breaking Snead's record for
career US PGA Tour victories.
THE DEBUT: Woods missed his
first seven cuts on the tour, starting
with the 1992 Nissan Open in his
debut at age 16. He opened with a
72 and was in reasonable shape to
make the cut until what his father
said was a growth spurt. Woods shot
75 the next day and headed back to
"I was hitting the ball good the
first few days of the week, but then
I suddenly outgrew my club shaft,"
Woods said a year later.
His father said they didn't figure
out what happened until the tour-
nament was over.
"He was in a growth cycle, and
those teenage muscles just grew
overnight," Earl Woods said.
THE END OF RIVIERA: A beautiful
afternoon off Sunset Boulevard
turned nasty without warning, and
Woods was on his back nine at Riv-
iera without rain gear in 2006. He
bogeyed two of his last three holes
for a 74 to presumably miss the
cut---until three more players
dropped shots coming in and Woods
made the cut on the number.
He was to be paired on the Sat-
urday with JB Holmes, a big-hitting
rookie who had just smashed his
way to victory in Phoenix. The next
morning, Woods was a no-show.
He withdrew because of the flu, and
he has not been back to Riviera
THE POWER MOVE: It was bak-
ing hot in August for the "Show-
down at Sherwood" in 1999, a
nationally televised exhibition against
David Duval, who had returned to
No. 1 in the world. Because it was
not an official tour event, the caddies
A tour rules official ordered them
to change into pants. Duval's caddie
complied. Woods' caddie, Steve
Williams, did not. The rules officials
made it clear to Williams that if he
did not change into trousers, it
would be the last time he caddied
on the tour.
Woods, listening to this conver-
sation, interrupted by saying, "Guess
I'll be playing in Europe next year."
Williams wore shorts. Woods won
the match. And it wasn't long before
shorts were approved for caddies
on the tour.
THE WIN: Of the five wins at his
World Challenge, none was more
meaningful than in 2011. One shot
behind with two to play, Woods
birdied his last two holes to beat
Zach Johnson. It was his first win
since his personal life came crashing
down, a span of 26 official tourna-
ments over 749 days.
"If he steadily progresses, keeps
getting confidence and moving for-
ward," Jim Furyk said that day, "he's
going to return and be one of the
best players in the game again."
Woods won three times the fol-
lowing year, five times this year. For
his swansong at Sherwood, he is
No. 1 in the world.
Woods closes chapter on California childhood
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