Golf Glance: Tiger Woods makes return at Hero World Challenge

League: Golf

Posted on: 28 Nov, 2023 at 07:07 PM

Credit: Rob Schumacher / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tiger Woods competes for the first time since April when he tees off at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

LAST TOURNAMENT: The RSM Classic (Ludvig Aberg)
THIS WEEK: Hero World Challenge, Albany, Bahamas, Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Course: Albany (Par 72, 7,449 yards)
Purse: $4.5M (Winner: $1M)
Defending Champion: Viktor Hovland (2022-23)
FedEx Cup Champion: Hovland
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-5 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (GC), 1:30-4:30 p.m. (NBC)
X: @TigerWoods
NOTES: An unofficial event, the invitational features a 20-player field. ... Tournament host and 82-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods is competing for the first time since withdrawing from the third round of the Masters in April due to plantar fasciitis. His only other start in 2023 was a T45 at The Genesis Invitational. Woods has won this event five times, the most recent being in 2011. ... Will Zalatoris is competing for the first time since going 0-3-0 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event. The first round will be 251 days since Zalatoris' last competitive round. ... World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler tees it up for the first time since the Ryder Cup in September. He is one of 13 players in the field who competed in the 2023 Ryder Cup. ... Players do not earn FedEx Cup points for this event but are awarded world rankings points. ... Jordan Spieth holds the tournament record of 262 set in his 2014 victory. ... Rickie Fowler holds the 18-hole record of 61 set in the final round in 2017.
BEST BETS: Viktor Hovland (+400 at BetMGM) is as hot as any player in the world. Up to No. 4 in the world rankings, Hovland is the two-time defending champion, won the FedEx Cup in August, the Ryder Cup in September and is coming off a T2 at the DP World Championship. ... Scottie Scheffler (+450) finished solo second to Hovland each of the past two years. However, this is his first stroke play event since the Tour Championship. ... Collin Morikawa (+750) is the only player in the field who has won this fall, claiming the Zozo Championship in Japan. ... Max Homa (+800) is coming off a win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and finished T7 at the Fortinet Championship in his lone FedEx Cup Fall start.
Winner: $1 million
Runner-up: $375,000
3rd: $225,000
4th: $150,000
5th: $135,000
6th: $120,000
7th: $115,000
8th: $113,000
9th: $112,000
10th: $110,000
11th: $109,000
12th: $108,000
13th: $107,000
14th: $106,000
15th: $105,000
16th: $104,000
17th: $103,000
18th: $102,000
19th: $101,000
20th: $100,000
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Sentry Tournament of Champions, Kapalua, Hawaii, Jan. 4-7

LAST TOURNAMENT: CME Group Tour Championship (Amy Yang)
THIS WEEK: Season Complete
Race to the CME Globe winner: Lilia Vu
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Tournament of Champions, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 18-21

PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Steven Alker)
THIS WEEK: Season Complete
Charles Schwab Cup champion: Steve Stricker
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Maui, Hawaii, Jan. 18-20

LIV Golf League
THIS WEEK: Season Complete
Series Winners: Talor Gooch (Individual), Crushers GC (Team)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba, Mexico, Feb. 2-4

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