An intriguing field of 20 golfers is set to tee it up at the 2023 Hero World Challenge, which gets underway at the Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas on Thursday. It's not an official PGA Tour event, but it does count towards points in the Official World Golf Ranking. Tiger Woods is set to return to the course after last teeing it up at the Masters seven months ago. The Hero World Challenge 2023 field will also feature big names like Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.
Hovland is the back-to-back defending champion of this event and he's the 4-1 favorite according to the latest 2023 Hero World Challenge odds. He's followed by Scheffler (9-2), Max Homa (8-1) and Collin Morikawa (8-1) on the PGA odds board. Matt Fitzpatrick (16-1), Thomas (16-1) and Cameron Young (16-1) are the other golfers going off below 20-1. Woods is among the intriguing longshots at 80-1.
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The 2023 Hero World Challenge is not an official PGA Tour event, but it does count towards points in the Official World Golf Ranking. Hovland enters the Hero World Challenge as the two-time defending champion, becoming the first player since Woods (2006-07) to successfully defend his title. Albany Golf Course, designed by Ernie Els, is set to host the Hero World Challenge for the eighth time.
One major surprise the model is calling for at the 2023 Hero World Challenge: Collin Morikawa, a two-time major champion and one of the top favorites, struggles this week and doesn't even crack the top five! Morikawa secured a victory at the Zozo Championship in his last start, but he's never finished better than T-5 at the Hero World Challenge. He's also struggled with his putter this season, ranking 97th in putts per round (29.01), 102nd in one-putt percentage (39.23%) and 114th in strokes gained: putting (-0.109).
The model has also examined where Tiger Woods finishes. Woods has won the Hero World Challenge five times in his career, most recently in 2011. The 15-time major champion has 82 career victories on the PGA Tour, but he'll be shaking off the rust after not playing a professional round of golf since the Masters in April. Woods' last win on the PGA Tour came at the 2019 Zozo Championship.
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