Hero World Challenge: Tiger returns, first round pairings,tee times

 

Following 16 months away from competitive golf, tournament host Tiger Woods is set to make his return at the 2016 Hero World Challenge Dec. 1-4 at Albany in The Bahamas.

“I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament,” Woods said. “This is our 18th year, and every year we put together a top field that showcases the best golfers from the previous season. Albany is an outstanding setting.”

Bubba Watson makes his title defense in a field that includes 16 of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, three major championship winners from 2016, the Rio Olympics’ gold, silver and bronze medalists and 12 players who competed in last month’s Ryder Cup.

The Hero World Challenge is a four-round, 72-hole stroke play event. with no cut, and with a $3.5 million purse, a $1 million winner’s prize and Official World Golf Ranking points awarded.(No Fed Ex Cup points)

It will be held at the  par-72, 7,302-yard Albany for the second consecutive year.

Live television coverage of the Hero World Challenge will be provided by Golf Channel during all four rounds and by NBC during the third and fourth rounds.

Tee times and pairings for Thursday’s opening round of the Hero World Challenge.

THURSDAY

 

OFF TEE NO. 1 (Eastern time)

  • 11:10 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler
  • 11:20 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker
  • 11:30 a.m.: J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson
  • 11:40 a.m.: Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
  • 11:50 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar
  • Noon: Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed
  • 12:10 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka
  • 12:20 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen
  • 12:30 p.m.: Emiliano Grillo, Russell Knox

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