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Chevron World Challenge - Tiger Woods' life wasn't the only one that started to change dramatically a year ago this week.

Graeme McDowell, a last-minute replacement for Woods in the Chevron World Challenge, had one of the best seasons in golf as he won the U.S. Open and played hero in Europe's winning Ryder Cup effort.

Jim Furyk has known plenty of success in his career, but he had gone nearly three years without winning a tournament before he won the Chevron World Challenge a year ago. That was just the start of an incredible season. Furyk won three tournaments, the FedEx Cup and could win player of the year honors soon. No one on tour won more events.

McDowell finished second here, earned critical World Golf Ranking points, got into the Masters and had a high enough ranking (48th in the world) to crack the top 50 to make the U.S. Open field at Pebble Beach.

"It's been a life-changing season," McDowell said on Wednesday.

"I'm looking forward to drinking a few cold beers and looking back on a great year. It's been amazing, and it's been a whirlwind ride, you know, and it's been certainly something I'll be trying to reflect on and enjoy and obviously to look to build on it moving into next year."

The Chevron World Challenge, hosted by Woods, is viewed by some as a "silly season" event. The December tournament is held in the offseason and features just 18 players. It's a loaded field this year, with seven of the top 10 ranked players and 12 of the top 21. The lowest-ranked player is Stewart Cink at No.48.
The Chevron World Challenge was used as a springboard for success for McDowell and Furyk.

"To come play an event like this, I don't view it as silly," Furyk said. "I've got to view everyone in the field here as ranked as the top 25 in the world or close to it. As long as they get ratings and as long as they have a sponsor, as long as they're entertaining people and there's a value for this event, I don't mind it being called silly.

"It's still entertainment and people are enjoying it."

McDowell and Furyk got the most value out of this last year.

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