An Event That Makes A Difference
After more than a decade in Southern California, the Hero World Challenge moved to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Florida, in 2014 after TGR Live and Tavistock Group joined forces to write a new chapter in the tournament’s history. The 2015 Hero World Challenge was the first TGR Live event to be held outside of the United States, and the tournament will return to Albany, Bahamas, in 2018 for a fourth straight year.
Attracting the best in golf, business and philanthropy, the Hero World Challenge is a driving force of philanthropic support for the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and the Bahamas Youth Foundation. The Hero World Challenge has raised more than $26 million for youth charities to date.
A comeback for the ages
Trailing by seven strokes starting Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Hero World Challenge, Rickie Fowler opened with seven consecutive birdies and fired an Albany and tournament-record 11-under-par 61 to win by four strokes over Charlie Hoffman. Fowler finished at 18-undrer 270, while Hoffman closed with a 72 and wound up at 14-under 274. Tournament host and five-time winner Tiger Woods concluded an impressive comeback to competitive golf by shooting 68 and tied for ninth.
The World in Hero World Challenge
Making his third start in the World Challenge, Hideki Matsuyama carried a huge lead into Sunday and held on for the victory at the 2016 Hero World Challenge. His 18-under was two strokes better than runner-up Henrik Stenson, who finished at 16-under par.
For Matsuyama, the win marks his fourth in his past five individual starts. Last year at the Hero World Challenge, Matsuyama finished in a tie for 17th, and finished 13th in 2014.
The Champion Who Almost Was Not
When a spot opened up just days before the start of the 2015 Hero World Challenge, Bubba Watson answered the call. While in the Bahamas, Watson did much more, as he finished 25-under to capture the 2015 Hero World Challenge.
“First of all, you don’t want to miss this event. Tiger and Hero put on a great event. The foundation, what it is raising money for is a great cause, Watson said. “It’s special here,” Watson said of Albany. “The friendly atmosphere here, everyone is smiling. The members here are excited, everybody is excited to be here. For the tournament to be here, the golf tournament gets in the way of the beautiful island. It’s very special to come here.”
That’s the only way to describe what Jordan Spieth did to the 17 other competitors at the 2014 Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Golf & Country Club. All Spieth did was post a tournament record of 26?under 262, earning him a 10?shot victory, which is also a tournament record. He is also the first player to win the Hero World Challenge wire to wire.
Spieth finished a remarkable week by firing a final round 6-under 66, leaving him ten shots ahead of runner-up Henrik Stenson. Patrick Reed and Keegan Bradley tied for third at 15-under.