The Hero World Challenge is an invite only event, with just of 18 of the highest calibre players making the list. The big news of the tournament this year is that Tiger Woods is making a return to the game, and will feature.
The 40 year old, who is currently ranked 898th in the world has become the main story, and will attract a lot of viewers, eager to see how he performs. He has not played for a long time, and has said this represents “phase two” of his career according to Woods, adding “”I call it phase two, because I can’t play this game forever at a competitive high level”. In fact, he hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since 2015, and has undergone surgery twice due to back problems.
This is reflected in his odds, where he is an outsider at 28.00.
The Hero World Challenge has moved location over the past decade, but last year moved to Albany, New Province, Bahamas where it is going to be played this year too. The course is relatively new, opening in 2010 and is a par 72 in a exposed flat links-style course.
It starts on Thursday 1st December, and play finishes on the 4th.
Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth start as favourites, both priced at 6.50. Spieth won the Australian Open for a second time a couple of weeks ago. However, with forecasted windy conditions, it may be less about the distance players hit it from the tee, and more about shorter distances, keeping it on the fairway.
Punters who like to back form will be likely to put their money behind Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama has improved his PGA World Tour Ranking from 18th to 6th in October, due to three wins at the Japan Open, the WGC-HSBC Champions, and finally at the Taiheyo Masters. His odds are shorter than they would otherwise had been at 8.50.
Where to watch live on TV
Sky have the rights to broadcast the Hero World Challenge, with coverage starting at 6pm in the UK, on Sky Sports 4.
Streaming options are limited. In the UK, the only place to stream the tournament will be on Sky Go, which requires a Sky subscription.
Here are the odds for the outright winner, ahead of the Hero World Challenge 2016 starting:
Jordan Spieth – 6.45
Dustin Johnson- 6.45
Hideki Matsuyama – 8.50
Brooks Koepka – 10.00
Henrik Stenson – 10.00
Patrick Reed- 13.00
Rickie Fowler- 14.75
Bubba Watson -18.50
Justin Rose – 18.50
Emiliano Grillo – 21.50
Russell Knox – 25.00
Louis Oosthuizen – 26.25
Matt Kuchar – 26.50
Tiger Woods – 28.25
Brandt Snedeker – 28.50
J.B. Holmes – 32.50
Jimmy Walker – 33.50
Zach Johnson- 41.75
There are not many betting offers available for the 2016 Hero World Challenge.
- Boylesports – Money back if your outright winner comes second. Bets must be placed prior to the tournament starting on Thursday. You must opt in to be eligible for this offer, and there is a maximum £25 refund available per customer.
- 10Bet – The 10Bet accumulator bonus will apply to those betting on this tournament. It’s the only accumulator offer available, as Stan James are opting to offer their bonus for the Alfred Dunhill Championship instead.