While the story this week has been and likely will be all about Tiger, there will be plenty to enjoy during the Hero World Challenge. This year’s field features the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28th ranked players along with the 1199th ranked Tiger Woods. Sure, this isn’t an official PGA Tour event, but the payout is still quite hefty at $1 million dollars for the winner and with no cut everyone will be around on the weekend…looking at you Tiger.
If you haven’t been paying attention to golf this winter, there are a few guys who have been having some early season success. Justin Rose won the WGC-HSBC Champions event as well as the Turkish Airlines Open, Brooks Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan, Dustin Johnson finished second at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Jordan Spieth just finished eighth at the Australian Open, Rickie Fowler finished second at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and Justin Thomas won the inaugural CJ Cup.
Having said that, any of these guys could obviously win this week, but those guys have been playing well around the globe leading up to this tournament.
Now that you’re caught up, here’s the important stuff:
Odds via Bookmaker.eu
Justin Thomas +600
Jordan Spieth +600
Dustin Johnson +600
Rickie Fowler +800
Justin Rose +1000
Hideki Matsuyama +1100
Brooks Koepka +1100
Jason Day +1200
Marc Leishman +1600
Daniel Berger +1800
Patrick Reed +2000
Matt Kuchar +2000
Tommy Fleetwood +2000
Francesco Molinari +2800
Kevin Kisner +2800
Alexander Noren +2800
Charley Hoffman +3300
Tiger Woods +4500
Thursday 12:30 – 4:30 PM Golf Channel
Friday 12:30 – 4:30 PM Golf Channel
Saturday 12:00 – 2:30 PM Golf Channel 2:30 – 5:00 PM NBC
Sunday 11:00 – 1:00 PM Golf Channel 1:00 – 4:00 PM NBC
11:10 AM Hideki Matsuyama Francesco Molinari
11:21 AM Charley Hoffman Kevin Chappell
11:32 AM Patrick Reed Daniel Berger
11:43 AM Justin Rose Tommy Fleetwood
11:54 AM Henrik Stenson Alex Noren
12:05 PM Tiger Woods Justin Thomas
12:16 PM Dustin Johnson Brooks Koepka
12:27 PM Kevin Kisner Rickie Fowler
12:38 PM Matt Kuchar Jordan Spieth
And so begins the throwing of darts in hopes of landing on the right winner.
This week I’ll take Justin Rose. As much as I’d like to see Big Cat win this week – I don’t think he finishes in last – I believe that Rose’s game is too dialed in right now. Not to mention, Rose is extremely comfortable playing in Albany.