HERO World Challenge - Recap
As the 2017 ends, the 2018 PGA Tour season begins. While there is sort of a lull in October-January months with a lack of big tournaments, the Hero World Challenge gives us a little view of the star golfers that our souls desire. The tournament features 18 of the best players in the world and is hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation in the Bahamas. Speaking of Tiger Woods, did you hear what people are saying about him?
Tiger made his first PGA Tour appearance since last January where he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. He took all season off after yet another surgery, but this time something felt a little different. During Tiger’s rehab back into golf, there was just this feeling that he was actually going to come back and compete this time and so far, so good.
Even with a stacked field, all eyes were on Tiger at all times throughout the weekend. I was able to watch the majority of the first two rounds while at work, and you could feel and hear the buzz throughout my office when Tiger was on the TV. The first two rounds were great. He was bombing the ball off the tee, hitting greens, and draining putts. He even gave a classic Tiger fist pump early on just to let us know that he wasn’t messing around!
Day three didn’t go as planned when he shot 4-over on the front, but closing out the tournament with a 68 had to make him happy. I think there were a lot of different Tiger-related storylines to follow throughout the tournament, but the fact that he completed four full rounds (and tied for the 3rd best fourth-round score) is what stands out the most to me. Nobody knows what’s next for Tiger, though, not even him. On Sunday, he said he plans on building his schedule around the four major championships, and just the thought of Tiger competing at Augusta National this April already has me giddy!
I’d be remised if I didn’t at least mention Rickie Fowler, the Hero World Challenge Champ. Rick played it cool all weekend, playing some steady golf, before deciding to pull a vintage Tiger in his own tournament. Rickie birdied his first SEVEN holes on his way to shooting a 28/33 – 61 in Sunday’s round. That’s such a bold move, to try and steal the spotlight from Tiger’s comeback with a final round 61 to win the man’s tournament. Thank God, though. If Rickie hadn’t had done that, then Charley Hoffman would’ve been the one to steal Tiger’s spotlight. I hear Charley’s a good dude and all, but, thanks, Rickie.