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Tournament picks replacements for Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh

December 1, 2009 | 11:17 am

Tiger Woods isn't the only top golfer who will miss this year's Chevron World Challenge, a tournament in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charity.

Singh Defending tournament winner Vijay Singh, 46, also withdrew from the four-day tournament because of a knee injury. He was replaced in the 18-player field by Justin Leonard.

Graeme McDowell was tapped to replace Woods, who canceled plans to play amid a worldwide media frenzy stemming from his car accident outside his Florida home on Friday that left him with facial cuts and other minor injuries.

The tournament, which starts Thursday at Sherwood Country Club, also includes the winners of three of golf's four major events this season: U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover, British Open winner Stewart Cink and PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang.

Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk also are in the tournament, whose $5.75-million purse includes $1.35 million to the winner.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Vijay Singh during the PGA Championship in August at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Credit: Scott A. Miller / US Presswire