Even with the PGA Tour starting a new season in October, and big golf being played around the world, Tiger Woods said he was pleasantly surprised to draw another big cast of stars to his holiday tournament in California. Griffin Reinhart Jersey . "Its our deepest and strongest field that weve had, possibly ever," Woods said Tuesday. The World Challenge has not announced its two sponsor exemptions from among the top 50 in the world ranking to fill out the 18-man field. The tournament, which was in jeopardy this summer until Northwestern Mutual stepped in as a title sponsor, will be held Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club. It includes defending champion Graeme McDowell, along with three other Europeans who will be competing in Asia for the Race to Dubai in the weeks leading up to Woods event. Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are expected to play. Ernie Els is playing the World Challenge for the first time. Jason Day returns, though the Australian is making a rare trip Down Under this year to compete in World Cup at Royal Melbourne just two weeks before Woods tournament. The other Americans besides Woods are PGA champion Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker. "I think were all very surprised that weve got as many international players playing this year," Woods said during a conference call. "The American players have supported our event throughout the years. Obviously, its easier travel if youre based in the States. The guys who are playing in the Race to Dubai, its a bit more of a challenge to get them to play. But for some reason, this year weve had guys wanting to play and we have probably the best field weve had." The tournament will be played for the 15th time, and it means so much to Woods that last year he invested his own money — believed to be about $4 million — to help cover operating expenses and to make sure there would be enough proceeds to benefit his foundation. One challenge this year was the new wraparound season on the PGA Tour, starting in October and ending with the Tour Championship next September. There are six tournaments the rest of this fall — two in Asia — that offer full FedEx Cup points and official money. Woods tournament is not official. It counts only toward the world ranking. And the total purse ($3.5 million) is smaller than any tournament on the PGA Tour or European Tour for the rest of 2013. That didnt seem to matter. "I think word has spread," Woods said. "Weve always treated players well there. Theyve had a great time. Its close enough to the following year where some of the guys want to try and experiment with a few things equipmentwise, club deal. They want to get a tournament in before they play Kapalua, the Hawaiian Open. Some of the guys have done that in the past. "Otherwise, weve had great American support," Woods said. "But its pretty incredible to get the international support weve gotten this year." Woods has only two tournaments remaining in 2013 — Turkey and the World Challenge. Since the FedEx Cup began in 2007, the only domestic event he has played after September was the Frys.com Open in 2011, the year he missed the FedEx Cup playoffs because of injury. Woods still hasnt adjusted to the notion that a new season already is underway. "Some of the players were talking about that at the Presidents Cup," he said. "Its hard to believe the very next week is a tour event. We felt like we were still playing our season because we were still playing The Presidents Cup. I think its going to take a little bit of time to get accustomed to it." 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The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season.MILWAUKEE - If Julius Peppers is going to get more plays as a receiver, he may want to work on pass-catching skills during the Green Bay Packers bye week.Fortunately for the Packers, catching touchdown throws from Aaron Rodgers wasnt what Peppers was signed to do in Titletown.The veteran pass rusher has been productive on defence in his first season in Green Bay. Hes not going to dwell on the pass in the end zone he juggled for an incompletion, or the defences embarrassing second-half showing in a 44-23 loss last week to the New Orleans Saints.When you get kind of off-balanced, it sets you back, Peppers said. Were going to get it corrected.According to the Packers, Peppers and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are the only players this season who have at least one sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a defensive touchdown.Coach Mike McCarthy has marveled about how Peppers veteran influence has rubbed off on teammates. While Peppers gets fiery on game days, he is relatively calm off the field.Me personally, Im just going to get away. Its not going to eat at me, Peppers said about his plans for the bye week. This doesnt need to sit with anybody. Its an opportunity to learn. We got beat, you accept that and you move forward from it.Green Bay (5-3) is in relatively good shape at the break, a game behind Detroit in the NFC North. Five of the Packers last eight games are at home, in the cold comfort of Lambeau Field.The bye comes at an especially opportune time for Rodgers, who tweaked his left hamstring against New Orleans. Rodgers, who has had a good first half, has said he wont miss the next game, Nov. 9 against Chicago.So far, so good, I would say is how were looking at it, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday at Lambeau Field about Rodgers status.For the most part, the up-tempo offence is playing well with Rodgers playing pitch-and-catch with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. The running game with Eddie Lacy has been inconsistent; McCarthy has said in some games that is in part due to a lack of attempts.The Packers seem to be at their best when theyre playing at a quick tempo, with Rodgers able to dissect mismatches, and Nelson and Cobb breaking free for big plays.Lacys receiving skills have improved, while rookie receiver Davante Adams is emerrging as a third option. Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys. Green Bay, though, would benefit from getting more production out of the tight end position.What hasnt been so good is the rush defence, which gave up 172 yards on 24 carries to New Orleans Mark Ingram, allowing a whopping 7.2 yards per carry.The leagues worst defence against the run (153.5 yards per game) got dented again.Our issues on run defence are fundamental. We need to do a better job of staying square, getting (to) gaps and we need to tackle the ball carrier and put him on the ground, McCarthy said.Part of the problem this year may stem from the loss of veteran tackle B.J. Raji in August to a season-ending biceps injury. Raji had been having a good camp after moving back inside from end in the Packers tweaked scheme.Read-option plays have also been somewhat troublesome, having the effect of neutralizing pass rushers Clay Matthews and Peppers.Still, the Packers had shown some improvement against the run until the Saints game. They held Carolina to 108 yards on 25 carries the previous week and contained dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton.The defensive positives start with a renewed ability to create turnovers. Green Bay has 10 interceptions and five fumble recoveries. It is third in the league in turnover margin at plus-8 in large part because of Rodgers, who had a six-game stretch without an interception.We need to be more than a football team that has to rely on winning the turnover ratio, McCarthy said. To get where we want to, weve got to overcome when we dont just play to our identity or our format.What McCarthy will take, though, is a repeat of the first half from Peppers, the 34-year-old veteran who signed with Green Bay in the off-season after being a salary cap casualty of the Bears.The next time Peppers takes the field will be against his former team.I mean, things look like they are happening real fast and the other team is scoring a lot and we cant control that, Peppers said after the loss to the Saints. Whats important right now is how we respond, and I am sure we will do that after the bye week.___AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '