Hero Challenge with Scheffler and Jon Rahm

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Hero Challenge with Scheffler and Jon Rahm

The most awaited man will be missing, Tiger Woods (stopped by plantar fasciitis), but there will still be six of the top ten players in the world on the pitch. In Albany, on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, the 23rd edition of the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial tournament of the PGA Tour organized by the Tiger Woods foundation, will take place from 1 to 4 December.

Twenty competitors in the race. Among the most awaited big names are Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm (winner in 2018), respectively in second and fifth place in the men's world ranking. As for the Top 10, there are also Xander Schauffele (sixth), Justin Thomas (eighth), Matt Fitzpatrick (ninth) and Collin Morikawa (tenth), freshly married.

The Norwegian Viktor Hovland (twelfth in the OWGR) will instead defend the title conquered in 2021 and make his debut, who will try to become the first golfer since 2006-2007 (Woods) to win the competition consecutively. Spotlights also on Tony Finau (eleventh), runner up in 2018, who has already completed three races in 2022.

Instead, the Austrian Sepp Straka will replace Tiger Woods on the field.

Hero Challenge, schedule

The event, born in 2000, which assigns official points for the world rankings but not for the FedEx Cup, will be staged at the Albany Golf Course and will guarantee $3,500,000 in prize money, of which $1,000,000 will go to the winner prize for all participants).

The record for successes in the competition, five, belongs to Woods (the last feat in 2011) who finished second as many times. Curiosity: the race was won in the past, among others, by Zach Johnson (2013) and Luke Donald (2005), respectively leading the USA team and the Europe team at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome.

However, both the American and the English will be absent this year in Albany. The Hero World Challenge is a golf tour organized by Tiger Woods and just about every year in December. Un nombre réduit de golfeurs professionnels sélectionné parmi les mieux classés (18 en 2016) participe à ce tournoi. Profits from this tour are paid to the Tiger Woods Foundation.