Tournament Review: Hero World Challenge 2019
Founded in 2000 by the G.O.A.T. himself, Tiger Woods, the Hero World Challenge based in the Bahamas features 18 of the World’s Top 50 golfers. Held each December, this PGA stop provides great competition due to the prerequisites required to compete—and this year did not disappoint. In the opening round on Wednesday, although coverage seemed to be spotlighted on our tournament host, Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed both carded -6 (66) to share the lead.
The second round showcased a hard-fought battle between Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland, both tied from the day before. Reed’s approach shots seemed to get the best of Woodland—who was unable to match Reed’s pin-seeking short and mid game. Reed simply outshined on Thursday carding another 66 with the solo lead at -12.
With the beginning of the third round, the leaderboard showed Gary Woodland, Jon Rahm, and Henrik Stenson all within four shots of Reed. Due to the obvious elephant in the room, Reed was forced to take a two-stroke penalty on the 11th in a greenside bunker, forcing him off the top of the leaderboards and taking a nice 74 for the day. Meanwhile, Gary Woodland played flawless golf to shoot a 68—leading Henrik Stenson by one. With similarly carded rounds, Stenson and Woodland shared highlights on Friday—but were unable to do enough damage to stop Rahm, Thomas, Woods, and Reed from being three shots behind the lead.
Our final round was pretty much a career highlight reel for Henrik Stenson. With phenomenal approach shots, long putts, and tap-in eagles, Stenson made me think he had won last year’s FedEx Cup. Although Rahm, Stenson, and Reed all carded final round 66’s, nothing was ripping that $3.5 Million purse from Stenson’s hands.