Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the 2017 Hero World Challenge, Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas, Nov. 30-Dec. 3
No 18-player tournament in golf gets the attention that the Hero World Challenge receives each year, largely due to the tournament's host: Tiger Woods. Of course, this year's edition of the annual unofficial event has taken on an even greater level of hype given that Woods will be making his competitive return (again) in the Bahamas. A year ago, Tiger used the event to see about the status of his game after undergoing back surgery earlier that sidelined him for several months. Tiger finished 15th in the 2016 Hero, 14 strokes back of winner Hideki Matsuyama, but he led the field in birdies and seemed to play without pain. The positive vibes generated from his appearance, however, were short lived when just two months later, in only his third start of 2017, Woods once again injured his back. Another back surgery, his fourth, soon followed, as did speculation that Woods might not return to competitive golf. In recent months, those fears have been assuaged as Tiger has posted video of his swing via social media, and fellow pros who have practiced with him have suggested that retirement is still off in the distance.
In a bit of deja vu, the same question that accompanied his appearance in 2016 is the big one being asked this week: How will Tiger's swing hold up in competition? Simply finishing the event without pain would be a victory all by itself. And if he could offer a few hints at the Tiger of old? Well, an anxious public will take that as an early Christmas gift.