Field is set for 2017 Hero World Challenge
October 11, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods at 2016 Hero World Challenge
The field is set for the 2017 Hero World Challenge, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at Albany, Bahamas. The invitation-only PGA TOUR event will once again feature the world’s top-ranked golfers competing for a $3.5 million prize purse.
Dustin Johnson, who has held the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking since winning the Genesis Open in February, headlines a field that also includes three of 2017’s major championship winners – U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka, The Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth and PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, who also won the PGA TOUR’s 2017 FedExCup title following the conclusion of the TOUR Championship and PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama will aim to defend his title against a field that features 16 of the top 24 players in the world. Tickets, pro-am and tournament information are available at HeroWorldChallenge.com.
“We’re looking forward to a special week at Albany for this year’s Hero World Challenge” said Mike Antolini, Vice President of Championships for TGR Live. “This year’s field is, arguably, our strongest ever and we have an exciting week of golf and evening events planned.”
After a nine-month recuperation from his latest back operation, Tiger Woods announced on Twitter that he will make his return to competitive golf and will round out the field with Daniel Berger.
Jason Day and Marc Leishman were originally selected for the field, but both withdrew to spend time at home with their families. Day and his wife Ellie are expecting their third child in June. They will be replaced by Henrik Stenson and Kevin Chappell.
2017 Hero World Challenge field:
Name (Official World Golf Ranking as of 11/22/17), Country
Dustin Johnson (1), USA
Jordan Spieth (2), USA
Justin Thomas (3), USA
Hideki Matsuyama (5), Japan
Justin Rose (6), England
Brooks Koepka (7), USA
Rickie Fowler (8), USA
Henrik Stenson (9), Sweden
Matt Kuchar (15), USA
Alex Noren (17), Sweden
Tommy Fleetwood (19), England
Francesco Molinari (21), Italy
Patrick Reed (23), USA
Charley Hoffman (26), USA
Kevin Kisner (27), USA
Kevin Chapell (32), USA
Daniel Berger (28), USA - Special Exemption
Tiger Woods (1193), USA - Special Exemption
The Hero World Challenge, hosted by Woods, annually invites its defending champion, the year’s current major winners, and top ranked golfers from the Official World Golf Ranking to Albany, Bahamas.