The Hero World Challenge takes place this week at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida. 18 top players will tee it up and Zach Johnson is the defending champion.

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The Hero World Challenge takes place this week at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Florida. 18 top players will tee it up and Zach Johnson is the defending champion.

This event is hosted by Tiger Woods and the former World Number 1 will make a start this week for the first time since he missed the cut at the USPGA Championship in August.

Everyone will be keeping an eye on Tiger this week to see if there are any noticeable changes to his swing following his appointment of Chris Como as a swing “consultant.”

But there’s also an impressive line-up of stars on the start sheet in this limited field event. In fact, 12 of the top-20 players on the Official World Golf Ranking will tee it up. World Number 2 Henrik Stenson plays, so too Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell. The Northern Irishman has twice been a winner of this event.

First contested in 1998, the inaugural event was won by Tom Lehman. Since then Tiger Woods has won the title five times with Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald, Vijay Singh and Graeme McDowell the other champions. Last year Zach Johnson defeated Tiger Woods in a playoff for the title.

There’s a new venue for this year’s tournament – Tiger’s old home club of Isleworth in Florida. There’s also a new sponsor in the shape of Hero MotoCorp.
The weather forecast for this week looks settled with warm temperatures and sunshine.

Venue: Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Windermere, Florida
Date: Dec 4-7
Course stats: par 72, 7,354 yards
Purse: $3,500,000 Winner: $1,000,000
Defending Champion: Zach Johnson (-13)

TV Coverage:

Thursday 4 – Sky Sports 4 from 7pm
Friday 5 – Sky Sports 4 from 7pm
Saturday 6 – Sky Sports 4 from 5pm
Sunday 7 – Sky Sports 4 from 5pm

Player Watch:
Stenson, Rose and Bubba Watson will start as favourites, but who might fly in under the radar to take the title.

Hideki Matsuyama – The talented Japanese player comes into this event on the back of a victory in the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan. He’ll be full of confidence and will surely be a factor this week.

Billy Horschel – He finished the 2014 season at a sprint, winning twice and claiming the FedEx Cup title. He’s started the 2015 season slowly with poor performances in Malaysia and China. But he’s now back on home soil and will be looking to get back on the right track.

Chris Kirk – Second in the FedEx Cup for 2014, Kirk has had two solid finishes so far on the 2015 circuit – he was tied fourth at the McGladrey Classic and tied 14th in the HSBC Champions.