The varied role of Tiger's tournament

Updated: December 5, 2013, 7:13 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- To qualify for and accept an invitation to the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is not a perk that even otherwise well-compensated golfers take lightly.

Few could be so jaded as to scoff at a minimum of $100,000 for a week's work -- and the potential for far more -- along with the usual wining, dining and pampering that comes with such occasions.

The mountainous Southern California backdrop -- even if it might be a bit chilly -- and the favorable, ...

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