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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Hero World Challenge

Tiger's event takes center stage in this week's Twofer Tuesday.

Defending champion Jon Rahm

The Hero World Challenge is played in the Bahamas, and it's very lucky that the Albany golf course was spared during Hurricane Dorian's recent rampage. The defending champion is Jon Rahm, who will begin his defense on Wednesday this year -- a concession to next week's Presidents Cup.

According to this page at
The field at Albany is reserved for the defending champion, the winners of the majors since the last edition, the first 11 available in order of highest position in the Official World Golf Ranking (on Aug. 26) and two sponsor exemptions.
If Tiger hadn't qualified on his own, he would have received a sponsor's exemption since he's the host. It does benefit his foundation, of course.

Despite my recent lack of success with Twofer Tuesday picks, I am somewhat optimistic this week. Since there are only 18 players in the field, I have a better than 50% chance of picking at least one of the Top10 finishers!
  • My Top10er is Tiger Woods. Although he'll likely be focused on next week's event -- he's both Captain and player, you know -- I expect he'll still find a way to knock the rust off his game and place high in the field. At least I know he'll be well rested.
  • And my winner? The defending champion Jon Rahm of course! Like Tiger, he too should be well rested -- and riding high after winning the DP WORLD Tour Challenge to take the Race to Dubai title. Unlike Tiger, however, he won't have the Presidents Cup on his mind.
GC's live coverage begins Wednesday at 1pm ET, with the final round split between GC and NBC on Saturday. The weather looks to be good, so watching this event should be a treat for those of us caught in various degrees of winter weather here in the US!

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