Wednesday, November 30

Hero World Challenge: Golf, The Bahamas and a Generous Purse

YOU AND I WOULD BE GUARANTEED a top-20 finish and a hefty check if we teed off in the Hero World Challenge, which starts tomorrow at the Albany Resort in the Bahamas. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

That's because this silly season event has an 18-player field. So dead last would be 18th place, some good bank and perhaps some world ranking points. Plus a trip to the Bahamas.

I'll just dream on.

Despite the small field, there are several marquee players showing up at Albany, including six of the top 10 and 16 of the top 30 in the world rankings. Not to mention three of the four major winners in 2016. They include Dustin Johnson (No. 3), Henrik Stenson (No. 4), Jordan Spieth (No. 5), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 6), Patrick Reed (No. 8) and Bubba Watson (No. 10).

Watson is the defending champion. Patrick Reed was the runner-up. The 2015 purse was $3.5 million with a million going to the winner.

This year, oddsmakers like Johnson (5/1) and Spieth (6/1).

Here's the 18-man field:

Tiger Woods
Dustin Johnson
Henrik Stenson
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Bubba Watson
Rickie Fowler
Patrick Reed
Justin Rose
Emiliano Grillo
J.B. Holmes
Zach Johnson
Russell Knox
Brooks Koepka
Matt Kuchar
Louis Oosthuizen
Brandt Snedeker
Jimmy Walker

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