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Tiger Woods welcomes elite field to 2019 Hero World Challenge

Sixteen of the 18 playing spots in the 2019 Hero World Challenge have been announced. The elite end-of-year PGA TOUR event held at Albany will feature eight of the top 10 players in the world.

Among those committed include tournament host and 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods, 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, defending tournament champion Jon Rahm and past champions Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.

The 2019 Hero World Challenge field includes Dustin Johnson (3) United States; Justin Rose (4), England; Justin Thomas (5) United States; Jon Rahm (6), Spain; Patrick Cantlay (7), United States; Tiger Woods (8), United States; Xander Schauffele (9), United States; Bryson DeChambeau (10), United States: Tony Finau (12), United States; Webb Simpson (14), United States; Patrick Reed (16), United States; Gary Woodland (17), United States; Rickie Fowler (19), United States; Matt Kuchar (20), United States; Bubba Watson (25), United States;  and Kevin Kisner (27), United States.

The rankings are the official world golf ranking as of August 26, 2019.

Two exemptions will be announced at a later date to round out the 18-player field.

This year’s tournament will be held Wednesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Albany, marking the fifth consecutive year the event has been held in The Bahamas. The Saturday finish will help accommodate the players’ travel schedule to the 2019 Presidents Cup, to be played in Australia the following week.

Proceeds from the 2019 Hero World Challenge will benefit the TGR Foundation and ONE Bahamas Fund. Founded by Woods, NEXUS Luxury Collection and members of the Albany community following Hurricane Dorian, ONE Bahamas Fund has pledged $6 million towards the rebuilding of The Bahamas with a dollar for dollar match in hopes of raising $12 million to help those impacted by the hurricane.

Live television coverage of the 2019 Hero World Challenge will be provided by GOLF Channel during all four rounds and by NBC during the final round. Good-any-day grounds tickets and a limited number of premium hospitality packages for the Hero World Challenge are available for purchase at HeroWorldChallenge.com.

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