Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday the list of participants for the Hero World Challenge, a tournament organized by his foundation every year in December in Albany (Bahamas). In the same figure, the invitation for the Basque Jon Rahm, winner of the tournament in 2018 and 2nd in 2019.
In addition to Rahm and the defending champion, the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, there are 16 PGA Tour winners.
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Rahm will have as rivals, apart from Hovland, the World Number 1, Scottie Scheffler, and Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Billy Horschel, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Cameron Young, Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Will Zalatoris, Max Homa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tom Kim, Sam Burns, and Jordan Spieth.
Three places remain to be awarded. Obviously none of those who have emigrated to the Arab Super League and who once played the Tiger event are on the list. The tournament will be played from December 1 to 5 without a court and with 3.5 million dollars in prizes.
The Hero World Challenge is a golf tournament organized by Tiger Woods and taking place every December. A small number of professional golfers selected from among the highest ranked (18 in 2016) participate in this tournament.
Proceeds from this tournament go to the Tiger Woods Foundation. Initially, only sixteen players participated in the tournament: the defending champion, the eleven best players in the world ranking, and four sponsors chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
In 2008, the number of participants rose to eighteen. It now includes the most recent winners of the four grand slam tournaments, the Masters, the American Open (US Open), the British Open (The Open) and the PGA Championship (US PGA).
It also includes the eleven best players in the world, the defending champion, and two players selected by the foundation. The money won by participants is not included in the world rankings of professional golf, but the tournament is recognized as an unofficial profit-making event by the PGA Tour.
Since 2009, the tournament has awarded points counting towards the world ranking. As of 2007, the tournament's total prize pool is $5.75 million, a figure similar to many PGA Tour tournaments attended by an average of 150 players.
The first prize reached 1 million in 2014. Tiger Woods generally donates his winnings to his foundation. The tournament is preceded by a so-called “pro-am” competition, in which teams made up of professional and amateur golfers compete.
The Hero World Challenge Pro-Am is usually held two days before the first round of the professional tournament. A first "pro-am" competition takes place on the first day, while the Official Pro-Am competition takes place on the second day. Access to “pro-am” competitions is limited to tournament partners and closed to the public.