Golf: Hero World Challenge
Venue: Albany Golf Club, Bahamas
Dates: Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th December 2021
One of the final showcases of the year gets under way in the Bahamas as the Hero World Golf Challenge arrives in the Bahamas once more. The event has been in operation since 2000 and heavily linked to the Tiger Woods foundation. Marketed as one of the most elite events on the calendar, the Hero Golf Challenge invites 18 of the world’s top players to take part in a glitzy showbiz event. With $3.5 million in the prize pot and a handsome $1 million on offer to the victor, there is plenty to play for in the Caribbean sunshine.
Some of the biggest names in the world of golf are in the field in the Bahamas this week:-
Current Open champion Collin Morikawa has been the man to catch on the USPGA Tour in 2021 and he will be desperate to finish his incredible campaign on a high.
Despite having some problems getting over the winning line in recent weeks, Rory McIlroy looks to be in excellent form and could come good when it matters here in the Bahamas.
The stock of Justin Thomas has continued to rise dramatically in 2021 and he will be hoping to finish what has been his most consistent season yet, in style here.
Olympic champion Xander Schauffele has been in stellar form all season and how he would love to end 2021 with another tournament win here in the Caribbean sunshine.
2018 Hero Golf Challenge runner up Tony Finau is another man to have enjoyed a particularly impressive season and he will be hoping to finish it with a flourish here.
1st Round Leader
With 20 of the best players in the world in the field, getting a fast start will be essential for all of the big hitters in the Bahamas:-
Norwegian Victor Hovland has emerged as one of the most talented players on the PGA Tour in 2021 and how he would love to finish his year in style here in the Bahamas.
2014 winner Jordan Spieth holds the course record at Albany, and he will be hoping to emulate his heroics from 7 years ago once again this week in the Bahamas.
Top Four Finish
With so many quality players assembled here in the Bahamas, getting into the winning enclosure could be tough but there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 4 come Sunday:-
Four-time major winner Brooks Kopeka thrashed old foe Bryson DeChambeau in ‘The Match’ last week and arrives here in the Bahamas high on confidence and form.
Mexican Abraham Ancer has become one of the men to watch on the PGA Tour this season and he could well be in contention here at the Albany.
Few players demonstrate the levels of consistency across the PGA Tour that Webb Simpson and with another season in the world’s top 20 – he too is always a contender in all of the events he appears in.
Hero World Challenge betxchange.com Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Collin Morikawa – 7/1
1st Round Leader: Viktor Hovland – 10/1
Top Four Finish: Brooks Koepka – 4/1