Greg McLaughlin, the tournament director of the Chevron World Challenge, was standing on the first tee before the start of the final round earlier this month when he was asked his thoughts on the day.
“I hope Tiger Woods wins today,” he said. “All the proceeds benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.”
McLaughlin smiled for effect. He first met Woods 20 years ago and gave him his first PGA Tour sponsor exemption, to the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club, when Woods was 16. McLaughlin now is president of the foundation.
Woods has been giving his Chevron World Challenge earnings to his foundation since the charity event began in 1999. McLaughlin also revealed that Woods has done the same with money earned from two official PGA Tour events that also benefit the foundation -- the Deutsche Bank Championship, which began in 2003; and the AT&T National, which began in 2007.
Woods has won the Chevron five times, Deutsche Bank once and the AT&T National once. After his win this year at Sherwood Country Club, Woods’ earnings from all three events are now $12,510,777.
That would be enough to put Woods at No. 87 on the PGA Tour’s career money list, ahead of Briny Baird, Billy Andrade and Bubba Watson. And that doesn’t include the $1 million donation Woods pledged if nobody at a news conference in May asked him about his knee injury; a reporter did ask about the knee, but Woods donated the money anyway.
It also doesn’t include the charity money from the dozen Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams on which he has played and his $1 million match of general donations to the Earl Woods Scholarship Program.
“He’s the largest contributor in time and money to the foundation since inception,” McLaughlin said. “It’s huge. If we can get a $1.2 million donation at the end of the year, it gives you the opportunity to have a great end-of-year fundraising in a calendar year, which is great for us.”