The Hero World Challenge begins on Thursday at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas and all anyone really cares about is Tiger Woods. Of course for this tournament that’s all anyone should care about. With an 18 player field and no cut, Woods is guaranteed to play on Saturday and Sunday, unless he withdraws of course.
It’s been well over a year now since Tiger played his last round of golf on the PGA Tour. He’s undergone multiple surgeries, been the subject of constant rumors, and has really shown the world very little about the state of his game.
Now we all finally get to see if letting himself fully recover and working back on a real time schedule will be a good thing for him. So many times in the past Woods has pushed through injury or rushed back in order to keep up as his body and game slowly deteriorated. Personally, I think he did it right this time, but we won’t know for sure until Thursday when he tees it up with Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed.
Other than Tiger, the rest of the field is kind of bland.
Just kidding. Reed, Bubba, DJ, Rickie, Walker, Sneds, Hideki, Rose, Stenson, Spieth, Kuchar, Grillo, Koepka, Knox, Holmes, Oosthuizen, and Zach Johnson are all in the field.
All eyes will be on Tiger, albeit not when he initially tees off at noon, but an hour and a half later because yeah, this isn’t a big deal or anything.
TV Schedule (ET)
Th – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Golf Channel
Fr – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Golf Channel
Sa – 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Golf Channel; 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM – NBC
Su – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Golf Channel; 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NBC
|TIME||PLAYERS (WORLD RANKING)|
|11:10 AM||Bubba Watson (10)||Rickie Fowler (12)|
|11:20 AM||Jimmy Walker (20)||Brandt Snedeker (28)|
|11:30 AM||J.B. Holmes (27)||Zach Johnson (38)|
|11:40 AM||Justin Rose (15)||Henrik Stenson (4)|
|11:50 AM||Jordan Spieth (5)||Matt Kuchar (22)|
|12:00 PM||Patrick Reed (8)||Tiger Woods (898)|
|12:10 PM||Dustin Johnson (3)||Brooks Koepka (17)|
|12:20 PM||Hideki Matsuyama (6)||Louis Oosthuizen (26)|
|12:30 PM||Emiliano Grillo (25)||Russell Knox (19)|
Obviously it would be great to see Big Cat win in his first tournament back while ranked 898th in the world, but I’ll be realistic and pick Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama currently leads the FedExCup standings (who cares), and since finishing fifth at the TOUR Championship, he has three wins and a second place finish. He’s climbed from outside of the top 15 after the TOUR Championship to sixth in the world.
He’s playing well!