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The Hero World Challenge is a golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, which takes place each December. It features a small number (currently 18) of top-ranked golf pros. The tournament is a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Hero World Challenge
Hero World Challenge logo.png
LocationThe Bahamas
Established2000
Course(s)Albany, New Providence (2015–)
Isleworth Golf & Country Club (2014)
Sherwood Country Club (Dec 2000–13)
Greyhawk Golf Club (Jan 2000)
Par72
Length7,302 yards (6,677 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour (unofficial event)
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$3,500,000
Month playedDecember
Aggregate262 Jordan Spieth (2014)
To par−26 Jordan Spieth (2014)
Spain Jon Rahm
Albany is located in Bahamas
Albany
Albany
Location in the Bahamas

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FormatEdit

Initially, the tournament had a 16-man field composed of the defending champion, the top 11 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, and four sponsors exemptions chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation. In 2008, the field was increased to 18 players, consisting of the most recent winners of the four major PGA tournaments, the top 11 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, the defending champion, and two special exemption players selected by the foundation.[1]

Prize money won by the players is not included in money rankings on any of the world's professional golf tours, but the tournament is recognized as an unofficial money event by the PGA Tour. Since 2009, the event offers Official World Golf Ranking points.[2]

In 2007 the total prize fund was $5.75 million, similar to many official PGA Tour events, which usually have fields of about 150 players.[citation needed] In 2014, the first prize was $1 million, and the total purse was $3.5 million.[3] Woods usually donates his prize money to his foundation.[citation needed]

Hero World Challenge tournament is preceded by a pro-am competition, in which professional golfers play with amateurs. Hero World Challenge pro-am is usually organized two days before the first round of professional play. "Am-Am outing" takes place on the first day, "Official Pro-Am" on the second day. The access to the pro-am competition is limited only to the tournament partners. The pro-am tournament is closed to public.

The amateur participants of the 2016 pro-am included, for instance, Derek Jeter and Tino Martinez.[4]

HistoryEdit

In 2000, the tournament was staged twice, with Tom Lehman winning the first event in January. The tournament then moved to December of that year, with Davis Love III winning that event. It has been played in December ever since. The January 2000 event was played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. From December 2000 to 2013, the event took place at Sherwood Country Club, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, in Thousand Oaks, California.

In 2008, Woods did not compete due to knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory, even though he was the two-time defending champion. He did not play in 2009 due to time spent away from golf related to personal matters. Woods returned to the event in 2010.

In 2011, Woods won the tournament with a score of −10, defeating Zach Johnson by one shot. Woods made birdie on the final two holes to win; it was his first win in over two years, since the 2009 Australian Masters.

It was called the Chevron World Challenge from 2008 through 2011. It previously went by the names Williams World Challenge and Target World Challenge. In 2012, new sponsor Northwestern Mutual was the presenting sponsor instead of a title sponsor.[5] They became the title sponsor in 2013.[6] In 2014, Hero MotoCorp became the title sponsor.[7]

In 2015, the event moved to the Albany development in the Bahamas. [8]

TelevisionEdit

The first World Challenge was televised by the USA Network and NBC Sports. It was then covered by USA and ABC Sports from 2000–2006. It has been televised by Golf Channel and a returning NBC since 2007.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
Hero World Challenge
2018 Jon Rahm   Spain Albany Golf Course 268 (−20) 4 strokes   Tony Finau 1,000,000
2017 Rickie Fowler   United States Albany Golf Course 270 (−18) 4 strokes   Charley Hoffman 1,000,000
2016 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan Albany Golf Course 270 (−18) 2 strokes   Henrik Stenson 1,000,000
2015 Bubba Watson   United States Albany Golf Course 263 (−25) 3 strokes   Patrick Reed 1,000,000
2014 Jordan Spieth   United States Isleworth Country Club 262 (−26) 10 strokes   Henrik Stenson 1,000,000
Northwestern Mutual World Challenge
2013 Zach Johnson   United States Sherwood Country Club 275 (−13) Playoff   Tiger Woods 1,000,000
World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual
2012 Graeme McDowell (2)   Northern Ireland Sherwood Country Club 271 (−17) 3 strokes   Keegan Bradley 1,000,000
Chevron World Challenge
2011 Tiger Woods (5)   United States Sherwood Country Club 278 (−10) 1 stroke   Zach Johnson 1,200,000
2010 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland Sherwood Country Club 272 (−16) Playoff   Tiger Woods 1,200,000
Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America
2009 Jim Furyk   United States Sherwood Country Club 275 (−13) 1 stroke   Graeme McDowell 1,350,000
2008 Vijay Singh   Fiji Sherwood Country Club 277 (−11) 1 stroke   Steve Stricker 1,350,000
Target World Challenge presented by Countrywide
2007 Tiger Woods (4)   United States Sherwood Country Club 266 (−22) 7 strokes   Zach Johnson 1,350,000
2006 Tiger Woods (3)   United States Sherwood Country Club 272 (−16) 4 strokes   Geoff Ogilvy 1,350,000
2005 Luke Donald   England Sherwood Country Club 272 (−16) 2 strokes   Darren Clarke 1,300,000
2004 Tiger Woods (2)   United States Sherwood Country Club 268 (−16) 2 strokes   Pádraig Harrington 1,250,000
Target World Challenge presented by Williams
2003 Davis Love III (2)   United States Sherwood Country Club 277 (−11) 2 strokes   Tiger Woods 1,200,000
2002 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland Sherwood Country Club 268 (−20) 2 strokes   Tiger Woods 1,000,000
Williams World Challenge
2001 Tiger Woods   United States Sherwood Country Club 273 (−15) 3 strokes   Vijay Singh 1,000,000
2000 (Dec) Davis Love III   United States Sherwood Country Club 266 (−22) 2 strokes   Tiger Woods 1,000,000
2000 (Jan) Tom Lehman   United States Greyhawk Golf Club 267 (−13) 3 strokes   David Duval 1,000,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chevron World Challenge - Furyk Keeps Lead, Couples Three Back". Golf Digest. Associated Press. December 19, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "Tiger Woods, in most events in 7 years, to figure out how much is too much". Fox News. Associated Press. October 17, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tiger returns to golf for 2014 Hero World Challenge". TigerWoods.com. October 14, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Photo Gallery: Hero World Challenge, Pro-am & Round 1
  5. ^ Harig, Bob (October 17, 2012). "Tiger Woods' event star-studded". ESPN. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Harig, Bob (August 14, 2013). "Title sponsor steps up for Tiger event". ESPN. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Hero MotoCorp clinches the title sponsorship of the PGA Tour's golfing event". The Economic Times. September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Ballengee, Ryan (December 12, 2014). "Is Tiger Woods on his way to being worth $2 billion?". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2014.

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