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SportNo longer needing exemption, Tiger Woods headlines Hero World Challenge field

21:55  08 november  2018
21:55  08 november  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

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The Hero World Challenge is one of the most exclusive events in golf featuring the world 's top ranked players at Albany, Bahamas. The Hero World Challenge has a longstanding history of incredible golf moments thanks in part to the game’s most exclusive field .

Tiger Woods at 2016 Hero World Challenge . Dustin Johnson, who has held the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking since winning the Genesis Open in February, headlines a field that also includes three of 2017’s major championship winners – U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka, The

Tiger Woods has needed a special exemption to play his own Hero World Challenge in each of the past two years. That won't be the case this year.

Woods, ranked 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking after a resurgent season on the PGA Tour, is among the first 16 players announced for the 18-player field for the Nov. 29-Dec. 2 event at Albany in the Bahamas. He will be joined by four of the top five players in the world - No. 1 Justin Rose, No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Justin Thomas and No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau.

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Tiger Woods briefly took the lead while shooting a 4-under 68 and is among the leaders at the Hero World Challenge . In just his second competitive round after a 10-month injury absence, Woods posted a 4-under 68 at the Hero World Challenge , moving him into contention for his first victory in

Tiger Woods was included in the release of the 18-man field for next month's Hero World Joining Woods in the field for the Dec. 1-4 event will be defending champ Bubba Watson and current The field includes the defending champion, the reigning major winners, two tournament exemptions and

Two special exemptions will be handed out later, filling out the field.

The Hero World Challenge is an invitation-only event hosted by Woods. It has been contested each year since 2000, when it was played both in January and December. It isn't an official PGA Tour event, but it does award world-ranking points.

Typically, its field includes the current major winners, the defending champion and two special invites. The rest of the field is filled via the world rankings.

No. 2 Brooks Koepka, No. 6 Rory McIlroy and No. 7 Francesco Molinari are the only top-10 players not currently in the field. Obviously, Koepka and Molinari accounted for three of the four majors this past season, so the field featured 14 invites based on world ranking to join Masters champ Patrick Reed and defending champ Rickie Fowler.

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In the second round of the 2016 Hero World Challenge , Tiger Woods puts his tee shot within inches at the 202-yard par-3 12th hole. . SUBSCRIBE to PGA TOUR

Despite being disappointed, Woods attempted to take the longer view of his situation, returning to competition after a fourth back surgery and a lengthy The Hero World Challenge invites only players ranked among the top 50. As tournament host, Woods is granted an exemption . Woods tees off at

Here is a look at the current field for 2018 (world rank in parentheses):

Justin Rose (1)

Dustin Johnson (3)

Justin Thomas (4)

Bryson DeChambeau (5)

Jon Rahm (8)

Rickie Fowler (9)

Tommy Fleetwood (10)

Jason Day (11)

Xander Schauffele (12)

Tiger Woods (13)

Tony Finau (15)

Bubba Watson (16)

Patrick Reed (17)

Webb Simpson (20)

Alex Noren (21)

Hideki Matsuyama (23)

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