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Last Updated: 04/12/13 5:35pm

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Graeme McDowell: World Challenge winner in 2012 and 2010

Graeme McDowell: World Challenge winner in 2012 and 2010

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Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell will look to continue his brilliant record in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California this week.

McDowell finished second on his debut in the tournament in 2009 and then won it in both 2010 and 2012.

However the former US Open champion faces a tough task this week as 10 of the 18 competitors in the event, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, have won at least one major title.

Those 10 players include tournament host Tiger Woods and McDowell's compatriot Rory McIlroy, who finally claimed his first victory of 2013 in the Australian Open last week.

Woods is the 5/2 favourite with Sky Bet, with McIlroy an 11/2 chance and McDowell quoted at 11/1.

PGA Tour rookie of the year Jordan Spieth - a 22/1 shot - is the lone debutant in California after replacing the injured Brandt Snedeker.

Spieth, who is now 20, became the first teenager in more than 80 years to win on the PGA Tour when he defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a play-off for the John Deere Classic in July.

Spieth is now targeting success in major championships and he said: "I know what it feels like right now down the stretch at a tour event. I have a feeling it will be a little different kind of pressure in a major championship.

"Nobody knows what it's like unless you've been in it. The only way to get better is to put myself there and learn from the experiences."

The Tiger Woods Foundation announced last month that the event will mark its 16th year in 2014 by relocating to Orlando's Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is live on Sky Sports 4 HD or via the red button from Thursday to Sunday from 8pm

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