NASSAU, BAHAMAS | At Albany Golf Club, where a cool late autumn breeze blew across the property in advance of the Hero World Challenge, it finally feels like the end of another golf season.
There’s a Presidents Cup to be played in faraway Australia next week and there’s been a bit of chatter about the impending flight and what kind of captain Tiger Woods will be, but this boutique event puts a closing time stamp on a long year.
The Hero World Challenge comes with an abundance of world ranking points and enough cash to change most lives but it’s officially an unofficial event, if that makes sense.
Should Woods win (he’s won five of these), it won’t count as the 83rd victory of his PGA Tour career any more than the six-player wedge-shot shootout he won Monday afternoon by hitting shots over a hotel swimming pool to a makeshift green as loud music thumped like a hangover. But a win is a win.
There’s a trophy at stake with a world-class field that includes 11 of the 12 American players heading to Royal Melbourne to play the Pr...
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