Oct 19: The golfing world’s most high-profile limited-field event, the Hero World Challenge is all set to return to Albany, Bahamas from November 29 to December 5.
The annual tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, which was not held last year due to the pandemic, will have an expanded field of 20, up from previous editions of 18 players.
The meticulously chosen field includes 15 of the World’s Top 20 from the Official World Golf Ranking. Led by the incredibly talented Collin Morikawa, winner of the 2020 PGA Championship and 2021 Open Championship, who will make his tournament debut, the others include the 2020 U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, the 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama and defending Hero World Challenge winner Henrik Stenson, a former Open champion.
Rory McIroy, who last week won the CJ Cup for his 20th PGA Tour title, will also make an appearance at the HWC 2021.
Starting this year, the winner of THE PLAYERS Championship also gets an invitation to the Hero World Challenge, with Justin Thomas taking that up spot as he returns to compete once again at Albany.
Xander Schauffele returns to Albany following his gold medal performance at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The field also includes the 2016 Olympic champion, Justin Rose, who has been added as an exemption.
Players who are Major champions, WGC winners, Olympic gold medallist, former World No. 1s and multiple winners on PGA Tour make up the field that is heavily decorated in terms of titles around the world.
The field for the HWC features three previous winners of the event in Stenson (2019), Matsuyama (2016) and Spieth (2014), the winners of 20 major championships and 14 players who competed in the Ryder Cup in September.
The field includes Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Schauffele, Justin Thomas, DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, Harris English, Abraham Ancer, McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Scottie Scheffler and Rose.
Proceeds from the 2021 Hero World Challenge benefit the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation
Tournament rounds will be held Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Albany, bringing the event back to The Bahamas for its sixth year. Live television coverage of the 2021 Hero World Challenge will be provided by GOLF Channel during all four rounds and by NBC during the third and final rounds.