The PGA Tour is back (sort of) after a short break. The unofficial invitation only event is hosted by Tiger Woods from the Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas. We’ve previewed this unique event and given you our best two bets.
Hero World Challenge 2022 Tips
The Hero World Challenge dates back to 2000 and while it isn’t an official PGA Tour event, it does carry a big purse and official world golf ranking points.
The tournament has carried several names over the years, dependent on the sponsor, including the Chevron, Target and Williams World Challenges.
The 2000 event was held at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, Arizona, before it moved to the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California for a number of years. We eventually saw the move to Albany in the Bahamas back in 2015, where it has been held ever since.
The total purse on offer this week is $3.5m , with $1m going to the winner. Last year’s winner, Viktor Hovland won with a score of -18, one shot clear of Scottie Scheffler.
Albany Golf Club hosts the Hero World Challenge for the 7th time on the spin and plays as a 7,414 yard, par 72 layout. As suggested by the winning scores here, averaging out at -19.5 under in the previous six runnings, the course is extremely generous and is there to be got at.
An Ernie Els design, it contains five par 3’s and five par 5’s and features a links style course with wide open fairways, dunes and several water features. Of course length is an advantage here but it isn’t the be all and end all. Quality ball striking and putting usually sorts out the men from the boys.
The 20-man field consists of six of the world’s Top 10 and is of course hosted by five time winner, Tiger Woods (40/1), in his first appearance since the Open Championship.
Two current major champions, the US Open Matt Fitzpatrick (12/1) and USPGA champ Justin Thomas (10/1) also tee it up this week.
Last year’s runner up Scottie Scheffler is 2nd in the betting at 8/1 but the favourite is the winner of the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Jon Rahm (5/1), who also won this back in 2018.
Last year’s champion, Hovland (14/1), returns to defend his title, alongside several debutants, including Max Homa, Tom Kim, Cameron Young, Shane Lowry, Corey Conners and Sungjae Im.
Tommy Fleetwood and Kevin Kisner are here on sponsors exemptions and join Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele and Sam Burns in rounding out the line up.
4u Tony Finau – Win Only – 10/1
What a year the American Tony Finau is having himself. After a 5 year gap between wins, the 33-year-0ld finally got over the line at the Northern Trust and then picked up three more wins in 2022, including back-to-back wins back in July. Another demolition of the field at the Houston Open, two weeks ago, mean Finau is now officially in the hottest streak of form in his career.
Big Tone is striking the ball sensationally and likes it at Albany. His results here read: T7th, T10th, 2nd. I’m backing him to continue his incredible form.
2u Tommy Fleetwood each-way (1/4 4 places) – 18/1
Another man in great form is Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. The 31-year-old broke a three year losing streak, when defending his Nedbank title two weeks ago and carried that form into the DP World Tour Championship, where he finished T5th.
Fleetwood’s consistency has been superb this year, showing precisely how well he’s hitting the ball. He missed just three cuts in 2022 and had 13 Top 25 finishes. In his only previous appearance here, he finished T3rd, back in 2018.
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