If all goes well, Tiger Woods will show up in December and play host at the 2021 Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas.
Woods has been recovering from right leg injuries suffered in his one-vehicle crash last February in Los Angeles. He’s been seen recently walking unaided, watching son Charlie at some junior events in the Palm Beach County area.
He’ll have an all-star field at his 2021 Hero World Challenge with seven of the world’s top 10, including Collin Morikawa (No. 3), Patrick Cantlay (No. 4) and Xander Schauffele (No. 5) heading the list.
Bryson DeChambeau (No. 6), Justin Thomas (No. 7), Rory McIlroy (No. 8) and Brooks Koepka (No. 10) round out the headliners.
There was no event in 2020 — the pandemic caused its cancellation. Henrik Stenson returns to defend the title he won in 2019 but since has seen himself drop in the world rankings — all the way down to No. 155.
In all, Tiger has 20 players in this year’s field, an increase from the normal 18. Scottie Scheffler (24th), Webb Simpson (26th), Justin Rose (45th) received tournament exemptions.
Woods announced the remainder of the field: Tony Finau (11), Abraham Ancer (12), Jordan Spieth (13), Harris English (14), Viktor Hovland (15), Daniel Berger (16), Tyrrell Hatton (17), Hideki Matsuyama (19) and Patrick Reed (23).
The only big names missing are world’s No. 1 Jon Rahm and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.
The tournament will be played Dec. 2-5 and will be broadcast live on The Golf Channel.