Source: USA Today
By Steve DiMeglio
After facing Phil Mickelson in The Match in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving weekend, Tiger Woods will take on 17 of the best players in the world the following week in the Bahamas.
Woods, who won the Tour Championship in September to reach victory No. 80 on the PGA Tour and cap a remarkable return to golf following spinal fusion surgery, will be joined by 16 of the top 23 players in the world for the Hero World Challenge at Albany in Nassau, Bahamas.
Woods is the host of the Nov. 29-Dec. 2 tournament that benefits his TGR Foundation, as well as the Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.
Leading the 18-player field is world No. 1 Justin Rose, No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Justin Thomas, No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau, No. 8 Jon Rahm, No. 9 Rickie Fowler and No. 10 Tommy Fleetwood. Fowler is the defending champion.
A second wave of top talent in the field is led by No. 11 Jason Day, No. 12 Xander Schauffele, No. 13 Woods and No. 15 Tony Finau.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, who is ranked No. 16, and reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, who is No. 17, also are in the field. Reigning Players champion and No. 20 Webb Simpson, No. 21 Alex Noren and No. 23 Hideki Matsuyama round out the field for now.
Two exemptions will be announced at a later date.
In all, eight major champions are in the field.
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