Hero World Challenge: What to know for the Bahamas event

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While the last official TOUR tournament of 2022 ended two weeks ago when Canadian Adam Svensson won the RSM Classic, there are still two unofficial events until the season picks back up again at full speed in January.

The first is the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas, where 20 of the TOUR's best players will tee it up for a share of the $3.5-million purse.

When: Dec. 1-4
Where: New Providence, Bahamas

How to watch

DATE TIME (ET) CHANNEL
Thursday 1:30-4:30 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday 1:30-4:30 p.m. Golf Channel
Saturday 12-2:30 p.m. Golf Channel
2:30-5 p.m. NBC
Sunday 12-1 p.m. Golf Channel
1-5 p.m. NBC

Last year's result

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Viktor Hovland edged out Scottie Scheffler by one stroke to win the Hero World Challenge last year. Hovland entered the final round six strokes back of leader Collin Morikawa, who shot a final-round 4-over 76 and finished four shots back.

Sam Burns and Patrick Reed were three strokes behind the Norwegian in a tie for third, while Justin Thomas joined Morikawa in a tie for fifth.

Recent winners

2022: Viktor Hovland (-18) over Scottie Scheffler
2020: Henrik Stenson (-18) over Jon Rahm
2019: Jon Rahm (-20) over Tony Finau
2018: Rickie Fowler (-18) over Charley Hoffman
2017: Hideki Matsuyama (-18) over Henrik Stenson
2016: Bubba Watson (-25) over Patrick Reed
2015: Jordan Spieth (-26) over Henrik Stenson
2014: Zach Johnson (-13) in a playoff over Tiger Woods

The field

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Scheffler and Jon Rahm highlight a field that's filled with some of the top TOUR stars. Woods, who hasn't played on TOUR since the Open Championship in July, withdrew from the tournament Monday with plantar fasciitis. Sepp Straka is in as his replacement.

Three of the year's major winners are in the field with Thomas (PGA Championship) and Matt Fitzpatrick (U.S. Open) joining Scheffler (Masters). Defending champion Hovland is also set to tee it up at Albany Golf Club this week.

Seven of the 20 players are making their Hero debut: Shane Lowry, Corey Conners, Cameron Young, Sungjae Im, Max Homa, Straka, and Tom Kim.

Notable groups (all times ET)

Group: Max Homa, Tony Finau
Thursday - 11:55 a.m.

Group: Sepp Straka, Justin Thomas
Thursday - 12:06 p.m.

Group: Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm
Thursday - 12:17 p.m.

Group: Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth
Thursday - 12:28 p.m.

Group: Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa
Thursday - 12:39 p.m.

The course

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The Hero World Challenge returns to Albany for the seventh time since it first arrived in 2016. It's a 7,414-yard, par-72 course designed by four-time major winner Ernie Els.

The 72-hole course record is 263, set by Bubba Watson in 2015. The 18-hole course record is a 61, shot by Rickie Fowler during the fourth round in 2017.

Betting corner

Jon Rahm +550
Scottie Scheffler +800
Tony Finau +1000
Justin Thomas +1100
Xander Schauffele +1100
Matthew Fitzpatrick +1400
Jordan Spieth +1600
Sam Burns +1600
Sungjae Im +1600
Viktor Hovland +1600
Cameron Young +1800
Collin Morikawa +1800
Shane Lowry +1800

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