December 04, 2019

Hero World Challenge Player Facts

Eighteen of the world’s best players compete in the 2019 Hero World Challenge. Get to know the players in the field.

Patrick Cantlay

  • Former top-ranked amateur made his Hero World Challenge debut in 2018, finishing T5.

Bryson DeChambeau

  • Played in the Hero World Challenge for the first time in 2018, finishing T12.

Tony Finau

  • His runner-up finish in 2018 came during his first appearance in the Hero World Challenge.

Rickie Fowler

  • 2017 Hero World Challenge winner. Shot 18-under par 270 and edged Charley Hoffman by four strokes.
  • That same year, recorded the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history, shooting 61 in the final round.
  • Fowler has never finished worse than T6 in seven Hero World Challenge appearance dating back to 2011. Since the event moved to Albany, he has finished third, T3, first and T5.

Kevin Kisner

  • Has played in the Hero World Challenge just once previously, finishing T12 in 2017.

Matt Kuchar

  • Next to Tiger Woods, he has the most previous appearances of any player in this year’s field, with eight.
  • Has three top-five finishes, his best a T3 in 2013 and 2016.
  • 19th in all-time money won for the event, with $1,296,333 in earnings.

Jon Rahm

  • Defending champion of the Hero World Challenge. Shot 20-under par 268 to beat Tony Finau by four strokes in his tournament debut.

Chez Reavie

  • Makes his Hero World Challenge debute after a career-best season which included a win at the Travelers Championship.

Patrick Reed

  • Appearing in his sixth straight Hero World Challenge, dating back to 2014.
  • The 2018 Masters champion finished runner-up to Bubba Watson when the Hero World Challenge made its debut at Albany in 2015.
  • Has also finished T3 and T5.

Justin Rose

  • Albany resident and former World No. 1 has been a staple of the Hero World Challenge since it moved to the Bahamas, and will make his sixth straight appearance in the event this year.
  • The 2018 tournament marked his best finish at the HWC – third. It was his second straight T5 in the event.

Xander Schauffele

  • The 2016-17 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year made his Hero World Challenge debut in 2018, finishing T-8.

Webb Simpson

  • Thanks to a career resurgence for the 2012 U.S. Open winner, Simpson is back competing in the Hero World Challenge for the first time since 2013.
  • He has three previous appearances in the event (2011-2013), and his best finish was fifth in 2013.

Jordan Spieth

  • The event’s 2014 champion, he won by a record 10 strokes, shooting 26-under-par 262 to become the Hero World Challenge’s only wire-to-wire winner.
  • In five previous appearances from 2013-17, the three-time major championship winner has finished T3, fourth and T6. His hole-in-one during the 2015 tournament was one of only two made in the event’s 19-year history.

 Henrik Stenson

  • Has played the Hero World Challenge six previous times, with two runner-up finishes, to Hideki Matsuyama in 2016 and Jorden Spieth in 2014.
  • Five of his six tournament appearances have resulted in a finish of T5 or better.

Justin Thomas

  • A 10-time PGA TOUR winner at just 26 years old, Thomas will appear in the Hero World Challenge for the third straight year. In his two previous starts, the 2018 PGA Championship winner finished T11 and T12.

 Bubba Watson

  • The two-time Masters champion won the 2015 Hero World Challenge in its debut at Albany. Watson bested Patrick Reed by three strokes, shooting 25-under par 263, one stroke shy of tying the tournament record and still the lowest winning score at Albany.
  • He is 10th all time in money won at the Hero World Challenge.

Gary Woodland

  • The 2019 U.S. Open winner will play in the Hero World Challenge for the third time in his career.
  • Woodland finished T10 in 2011 and T8 last year.

Tiger Woods

  • The 2011, 2007, 2006, 2004 and 2001 winner of the World Challenge, he is one of only three players to have won the event multiple times, and the only player with more than two victories in the World Challenge.
  • Woods is the tournament’s all-time money leader with $9,636,167. The 81-time PGA TOUR winner and 15-time major champion annually donates his Hero World Challenge earnings back to his own charitable entity, the TGR Foundation.