2019 Hero World Challenge Preview


photo cred: Hero World Challenge

The Hero World Challenge begins this Wednesday, December 4, at the Albany Resort Golf Course in the Bahamas. The event, though put on by the PGA Tour, doesn’t award FedEx Cup points. However, the tournament remains a popular winter fixture and has been a tradition since it was established in 2000. The tournament has a very small field, originally only 16 players before expanding to 18 players in 2008. The field consists of only the reigning major championship winners, the top 11 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, the defending champion and 2 sponsor invitations.

 

Tournament History

The tournament has seen some amazing play as the smaller field often lends itself to a more relaxed but still competitive atmosphere, with golfers often taking more risks in order to climb the standings. Past champions include such legends as Davis Love III (2000 and 2003), Vijay Singh (2008), Graeme McDowell (2010 and 2012), and defending champion Jon Rahm. Tiger Woods holds the record for the most titles with 5 wins (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2011). 


Record winner Tiger Woods. Getty Images/Robert Laberge

Field Preview

This year's tournament is seen by many as a tune up for the US Presidents Cup team, as 11 of the 12 person team will compete this week in the Bahamas before heading off to Australia. The only member not playing is Dustin Johnson, who was scheduled to play before pulling out to allow more rest on his injured knee. Some of his teammates looking to make an impression will be Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau. Chez Reavie, the last minute replacement for Johnson, will look to become the first alternate to claim the title. Other contenders include the resurgent Tiger Woods and the defending champion Jon Rahm. 

 

Full Pairings

Justin Rose & Jon Rahm
Kevin Kisner & Bubba Watson
Xander Schauffele & Gary Woodland
Bryson DeChambeau & Webb Simpson
Patrick Reed & Patrick Cantlay
Tiger Woods & Justin Thomas
Rickie Fowler & Tony Finau
Chez Reavie & Matt Kuchar
Henrik Stenson & Jordan Spieth


Defending champion Jon Rahm. photo credit: USATSI

 


Resources

ACTIVITY FEED

Thomas B. joined GolfLink
Ed O. joined GolfLink
Ed K. joined GolfLink
Zachary F. joined GolfLink
Steven C. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Arm & Shoulder Stretches Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image 1998 Presidents Cup: Reliving the Sole International Triumph

Craig Jones/AllSport As the 2019 Presidents Cup kicks off in Austr...

Article Image 2019 Presidents Cup: Team Preview

Getty Images The 2019 Presidents Cup kicks off at the historic Roy...

Article Image 2019 Presidents Cup: Spectator Guide

Team Captains. Getty Images The 13th Presidents Cup begins this we...

Article Image Full 2019-2020 PGA Tour Schedule & Results

Full 2019-2020 PGA Tour Schedule & Results   ...