Tiger Woods: Who Cares If He Wins the Chevron World Challenge?

John BurkeContributor IDecember 1, 2011

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the fifth green during the first round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 1, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Today was the first day of play in the 2011 Chevron World Challenge. The annual tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods, is an invitation-only event, showcasing some of the best players in the world. 

After the first day of play, Woods is three under par, leaving him in a tie for second place. But considering this is only the first day, Woods is definitely not out of this tournament, especially since he only trails leader K.J. Choi by three.

So let's fast forward to Sunday afternoon, and let's pretend that Tiger comes from behind to win his own tournament. If he were to do so, it would be his first victory in two years. 

But if he were to win, it would not prove he has regained the form that saw him win 14 major titles and 71 PGA Tour events. In fact, if he were to win, I really wouldn't care.

It would be nice to see from a golf standpoint. After all, the game is healthier with a winning Tiger. 

From a Tiger perspective though, it wouldn't prove much to me. 

The tournament only contains 18 players. That is normally about the amount of players who have a shot at winning an ordinary event heading into the final round. 

While the 18 players are some of the best in the world, at this point in the season, they are not playing their top golf. Instead, they are playing in this event for a cut of the $5 million purse that it offers.

That isn't to say they aren't trying, but winning the Chevron in December is nowhere close to winning an event during the PGA Tour season when players are playing for their livelihood.

So maybe Tiger will win the Chevron World Challenge, and maybe he will fall short yet again. At this point, nothing would surprise me.

Just don't read too much into this tournament.

A win won't prove he is back, and another loss doesn't mean he will never win again.