- An elite field of 18 competes in the Bahamas at the Hero World Challenge
- Tiger has dominated this tournament; can Big Cat move all the way to #6 in the world?
- Which golfer has the best chance of emerging victorious?
A star-studded field of 18 golfers descends on luxurious Bahamas for a event hosted by Tiger Woods – The Hero World Challenge. The exclusive tournament is comprised of the four major winners, the top eleven available players in the world, the defending champ and two players granted special exemptions (now three, with Tommy Fleetwood withdrawing and Keegan Bradley taking his place).
Odds to Win 2018 Hero World Challenge
|Golfer||Odds to Win 2018 Hero World Challenge at Bovada|
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Tiger Woods Returns to Hero World Challenge Pain-Free
A lot has happened in the last year with Tiger Woods returning to a semblance of his former self that it’s easy to forget this was the tournament he’s made not one, but two comebacks following lengthy stints on the shelf.
Two years ago he led the field in birdies but finished 15th after 16 months off, and last year he held the lead for a brief time before settling for a top 10 result in his first start in 10 months.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 1, 2017
Should the big cat taste victory this week, it would be a record sixth victory in this event – but first since 2011. It would also elevate him to an astounding sixth in the world golf rankings.
Tiger Woods will be 13th in the World Ranking at next week's Hero World Challenge. Entering last year's tournament, he was 1,199th.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) November 25, 2018
Both years Tiger showed serious flashes of dominating this golf course – and that’s after not competing for lengthy stretches beforehand. Now that he’s healthy and wanting to put the sour taste of losing “The Match” to Phil in the rear view mirror, I fully expect him to contend for the title.
A win this week would bring Tiger to No. 6 in the world, 1,193 spots up from where he stood on the ranking last year. 👀https://t.co/UKoRkvY58Z
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) November 26, 2018
Going Low Imperative to Win Hero World Challenge
In the three years this tournament has been contested in the Bahamas, the winner has made birdies in bunches and that’s reflective of the winning scores; -25, -18, and -18.
There’s no room to take your foot off the gas pedal, as demonstrated by Rickie Fowler’s remarkable 61 to erase a seven stroke deficit to claim the title last year.
Last 5 Winners of the Hero World Challenge
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Hero World Challenge Best Value Picks
- Jason Day (+1600): Won twice last year and has had two strong starts to begin this season – a fifth place finish and 11th. Shocking to see seven golfers with lower odds than the Aussie to win.
- Hideki Matsuyama (+2200): Champion of this event just two years ago has had a couple of good – not great starts in the early season. Capable of making birdies in droves with even a luke warm putter. Placed T-5 in title defense last year.
- Gary Woodland (+2800): Done everything but land in the winners circle this season – in four events, has three top 10’s, including a second place showing and also a 54 hole co-lead in Malaysia.