Hero World Challenge

The beginning of December brought the world’s top players to Albany in the Bahamas to compete for the event hosted by Tiger Woods. Not only was there huge excitement over the illustrious field including last year’s Champion Hideki Matsuyama or the PGA Tour Player of the year Justin Thomas but a certain return of Tiger Woods after almost a year out of Tournament golf.

Tiger on the prowl

Tiger Woods After a steady start, Tiger found himself -1 after 9 holes. Firing close at 13 and holing a snaking putt on 14, he was 2 behind the lead and looking like the Tiger of old. His putting was on point and holing from distance with ease like the early 00's. He finished his first round with a solid round of -3 69, which he followed up with a -4 68 on day 2.

Day 3

Conditions worsened for the field on day 3, with strong winds, which was shown in the scoring. Daniel Berger and Charley Hoffman shared the low round score with -2, 70. After a solid first couple of days for Tiger Woods, he dropped back with a + 3 round of 75.

Albany Golf Course (image: golfadvisor.com)

Record breaking Rickie

The final round proved to be a day to remember in Albany. With the weather returning to benign conditions, the scoring was low. Tiger Woods finished with another impressive round of -4, 68 to finish -8 for the tournament and secure himself a top 10 finish. The star of the day however, without a doubt was Rickie Fowler. Smashing the course record with an -11 round of 61 and running away with the victory by an impressive 6 shots. Watching him play the final round was the perfect round of golf. He birdied 8 out of the first 9 holes and it seemed that everything he hit went close or in the hole. It just shows what the young man’s capabilities are and undoubtedly a Major winner in due course. 

Congratulation Rickie Fowler!!! Rickie Fowler (image: golfweek.com)

The big question?

So....the big question after this event - is Tiger Woods BACK!!?? Well the jury is still out. He showed some moments of brilliance and looked very much in control of his golf swing, which we haven’t seen in sometime but I think we will have to wait another few tournaments before we can judge if he has the capabilities to win again. One thing is for sure is that there is no other player in the world today that has the same pulling power or media hysteria that the 14-time major winner brings.