Tiger Woods’ return to competition was scheduled to begin this week at the 2022 Hero World Challenge. Instead, golfers around the world will have to wait a little longer asreferring to plantar fasciitis of the right foot. Instead, Austrian Sepp Straka will make his debut in the Hero World Challenge and join the best players in the world in the Bahamas.
Woods will continue to appear on TV screens as he enters tournaments for his charitable foundation. The 46-year-old will welcome 20 of the top 35 players in the Official World Golf Rankings. and three of whom won major championships last year. World No. 2 Scotty Sheffler will represent the top-ranked player in the field, as Rory McIlroy, Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantley and Will Zalatoris are among the notable players who don’t play number one.
Scheffler will be joined by John Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick and Colleen Morikawa as six of the world’s top 10 players are due to play. Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Tom Kim and Max Homa arrive in the Bahamas as recent winners and round out the 20-man list.
Event: World Hero Challenge 2022 | Dates: December 1-4
Location: Albany — New Providence, Bahamas
Steam: 72 | Square: 7414 | Wallet: $3,500,000
Hero World Challenge 2022 field, odds
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
- John Ram (5-1): The Spaniard is the legitimate favorite for his third appearance in the Hero World Challenge. With a win and a runner-up in the previous two games, Ram should pick up where he left off in Albany. He just won the DP World Tour Championship but still feels underappreciated. While his 2022 wins lacked high-quality pitches, he still entered the winning circle three times in his last 13 tournaments.
- Scotty Sheffler (15/2)
- Tony Finau (9-1)
- Xander Shovel (9-1)
- Justin Thomas (12-1): Newlywed Thomas won’t be honeymooning in the Bahamas, but he’s looking forward to an equally exciting time. In recent years, he has become something of a big game hunter; his recent victories include the 2022 PGA Championship and the 2021 Players Championship. Despite the high quality, the 29-year-old is too strong in terms of talent to be lacking in quantity. Thomas is a fantastic non-cutting, limited fielder and should be doing some serious work in the Hero World Challenge.
- Victor Hovland (12-1)
- Matt Fitzpatrick (14-1): The Englishman disappoints his DP World Tour season. Ranked second to McIlroy on the DP World Tour, Fitzpatrick was in control of his 36-hole course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Ultimately, he will fade over the weekend and he will look to get back on track in the Bahamas.
- Sungjae Im (14-1)
- Tommy Fleetwood (16-1)
- Collin Morikawa (16-1): Thomas isn’t the only one to tie the knot during the mini-off season, as Morikawa has also been seen at the altar. It’s easy to forget that it was at this tournament a year ago that the two-time Major champion reached the final by six strokes. If he had turned that advantage into a win, Morikawa would have risen to world number one, but instead he wondered what if. He hasn’t had a world win since the 2021 DP World Tour Championships, and while this drought isn’t significant, it could be starting to weigh on him.
- Jordan Spieth (18-1)
- Sam Burns (18-1)
- Tom Kim (18-1): There is nothing little Tom Kim can’t fix. The Presidents’ Cup darling had one of the strongest campaigns of the PGA Tour season. After defeating Patrick Cantley at the Shriners Children’s Open, the 20-year-old played again a couple of weeks later at the CJ Cup in South Carolina. The Hero World Challenge has been kind to the debutants, which bodes well for Kim.
- Cameron Young (22-1)
- Shane Lowry (22-1)
- Max Homa (25-1)
- Billy Horschel (30-1)
- Corey Conners (35-1)
- Kevin Kisner (60-1)
- Sepp Straka (65-1)
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