The Tiger Woods hosted Hero World Challenge will return after a year’s absence with an increased field size.
The event will now feature 20 players when it is contested from December 2nd to 5th and again at the Albany club in the Bahamas. Woods tweeted the news but naturally was not about to say whether he would be able to compete as he recovers from his single car crash in February.
Excited to welcome an expanded field to the Hero World Challenge at Albany this year. https://t.co/hguYVEdSX1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 2, 2021
The increased field size (up from 18) is a permanent move, according to a statement on the event’s website. Invitations for the event are handed to the current major winners, the Players Championship winner and the defending Hero champion.
The rest of the field is composed of players ranked inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. And good news also is last year’s three major champs will also be invited to compete, since the 2020 event was cancelled.
“The enthusiasm among the world’s best golfers to compete in the Hero World Challenge is at an all-time high,” Tournament Director Mike Antolini said. “We are excited for the tournament’s return to Albany, Bahamas and adding two more players to one of the strongest fields in golf.”
Woods himself was recently pictured bearing weight on his injured right leg as his recovery continues.
Positive signs for Tiger! Woods was seen bearing weight on his injured right leg on his way to a doctor appointment in L.A. (via TMZ/TWSpot) pic.twitter.com/j7mGRxSgix
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) July 29, 2021