Henrik Stenson with HWC Trophy presented by Pawan Munjal and host Tiger Woods in 2019
Albany, Oct 20: The ongoing pandemic has claimed another golf tournament – the annual Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas. The 18-player event, which was won by Henrik Stenson last year, was to scheduled to take place December 3-6, 2020.
With numerous travel restrictions in place and the prevalent health situation in the Bahamas, the event has been put off to 2021. The Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation announced the news on social media channels.
The event, which has been sponsored by Hero MotoCorp, has been held at Albany, Bahamas since 2015 after a year in Orlando, Florida in 2014. Prior to that the event was held at Sherwood Country Club, which hosts the Zozo Championship this week. The Zozo Championship in Japan was won by Woods in 2019, but the event was moved from Japan to Sherwood for 2020.
Woods, who won the Hero World Challenge five times between 2001 and 2011 at Sherwood, will now be defending his Zozo Championship at this venue.
While Stenson won the HWC in 2019, other recent winners have included Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth.
Woods’ has had an amazing record at HWC with five wins and five second places, and all at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
The TGR statement said:
Given the current global restrictions and ongoing developments resulting from COVID-19, the 2020 Hero World Challenge will not be played this year. This decision was made with the health and well-being of all tournament constituents and the Albany community in mind. We look forward to hosting 18 of the top players in the world and welcoming tournament guests to Albany, Bahamas next year. Updates on the 2021 event will be made at HeroWorldChallenge.com and @TGRLiveEvents social channels.