The Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals is one of the world’s most lucrative tournaments, with a $5.3 million purse, of which the winner receives $1.5 million and $1 million goes to the runner-up. Apart from Woods, the line-up will include Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan.
The tournament is to be played from Oct. 9 to 12, ending on a Friday so that it won’t steal attention away from the weekend of the Portugal Masters on the European Tour and the Frys.com Open on the U.S. PGA Tour, the second event in the Fall Series.
Woods’ inclusion in the event has been said to be a possible sign of a sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines has made several sponsorship deals with high-profile athletes, such as Kobe Bryant and Caroline Wozniacki, and football teams FC Barcelona and Manchester United.