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The Hero World Challenge returns to the sunny Albany Golf Club in Albany, Bahamas November 29-December 2 as a small field of the world’s best golfers compete for the title. The tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods, is not an official PGA Tour event but does count towards each golfers Official World Golf Ranking. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, a nonprofit that supports programs that focus on kids’ health and education in America.
The tournament began in 2000 when it was held that January in Scottsdale, Arizona’s Grayhawk Golf Club. The tournament’s founders then made the decision to move the tournament to the first weekend in December, holding a second tournament 11 months after the first. The first 2 champions were Tom Lehman and Davis Love III respectively. From the second tournament in 2000 until 2013, the tournament was held at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. The tournament then moved to its current home in the Bahamas in 2015.
The tournament has only 3 multiple winners, with host Tiger Woods winning the tournament a record 5 times. Davis Love III and Graeme McDowell also multiple winners at 2 apiece. Other past winners include Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Hideki Matsuyama and Vijay Singh. The record low score is held by 2014 champion Jordan Spieth with a -26. The current defending champion is Rickie Fowler.
Fans looking to enjoy the luxury surroundings of Albany Golf Club have multiple options for enjoying the tournament. Grounds tickets start at $50 and are good for any one day of the tournament. For a more inclusive experience, fans can opt for the Eighteen package. This offers numerous amenities for fans, notably an exclusive climate control pavillion on the 18th green with complimentary food and beverages. The Eighteen package also includes access to exclusive parties including a beach party and a charity poker night, both of which are closed to the general public. Gourmet dinner and signature cocktails are also included in the package. Spectators also have an “Inside the Ropes Experience” with a pro pairing during one of the tournament’s four rounds. This allows you to walk with a pro pairing for the entire round, allowing you to hear the professionals discuss club selections, read the green, etc. The Eighteen package is available for a charitable donation of $5,000 to the Tiger Woods Foundation and provides all these amenities for 2 guests.
For fans looking for a cheaper way to catch the action, the Hero World Challenge will be covered by both the Golf Channel and NBC. The first two rounds will be on the Golf Channel 1:30-4:30pm ET Thursday and Friday. Coverage on Saturday starts on the Golf Channel noon-2:30pm before switching to NBC from 2:30-5pm. Sunday coverage also begins on the Golf Channel 11am-1pm before finishing on NBC 1-4pm.