tournament history

history

The best field in golf competes in the Hero World Challenge. First held in January of 2000, the Hero World Challenge has seen a who’s who of golf’s greats compete and win the 18-man event. In 2015, the tournament went global, moving to Albany, Bahamas after years on the West Coast and one year in Florida.

TOURNAMENT RECORDS

record player
18-hole score 61 Rickie Fowler (R4/2017)
72-hole score 262 Jordan Spieth (2014)
Largest margin of victory 10 Jordan Spieth (2014)
Best come-from-behind win 12 Tom Lehman (2000)
Playoffs 2 Most recent: 2013 (Zach Johnson def. Tiger Woods)

2019

Henrik Stenson (-18, 270)

One of the games all-time ball-strikers, Henrik Stenson powered his way to victory on the back of his 5-wood. An eagle on the par-5 15thhole gave Stenson the lead and he’d never look back. With tournament host Tiger Woods among a group of five players in contention, Stenson’s steady play, a final round 66, helped him to earn a victory at Albany.

Margin of victory: 1 (Jon Rahm: 271)
Location: Albany, Bahamas

2018

Jon Rahm (-20, 268)

Playing in his first Hero World Challenge, Jon Rahm cruised his way to a four-shot victory in the final round. Starting the day in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, the 24-year-old prodigy shot 7-under 65 finishing with three straight pars, becoming the first Spaniard to win the tournament. 

Margin of victory: 4 (Tony Finau: 272)
Location: Albany, Bahamas

2017

Rickie Fowler (-18, 270)

Starting Sunday’s final round trailing by seven strokes, one would think Rickie Fowler’s chances of winning were slim to none. After eight birdies on the front-nine, Fowler was in control of the touranment. His dominating performance continued on the back-nine as he set a course record 61 en route to a runaway victory at Albany.

Margin of victory: 4 (Charlie Hoffman: 274)
Location: Albany, Bahamas

2016

Hideki Matsuyama (-18, 270)

Returning for a third Hero World Challenge, Hideki Matsuyama’s substantial lead heading into the final round on Sunday helped pave his way to victory. With two holes to play, Matsuyama’s advantage was only two strokes as Henrik Stenson challenged. With a par-save on the 18th hole, Matsuyama sealed the victory, finishing at 18-under par in the tournament.

Margin of victory: 2 (Henrik Stenson: 272)
Location: Albany, Bahamas

2015

Bubba Watson (-25, 263)

When the 2015 Hero World Challenge field was announced, Bubba Watson wasn’t a part of it. After a withdrawal, Watson stepped into the field and would emerge victorious at 25-under in the Bahamas. Watson, who was never seriously challenged at the top, sailed home with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot victory at Albany, the first year the exclusive course hosted the tournament.

Margin of victory: 3 (Patrick Reed: 266)
Location: Albany, Bahamas

2014

Jordan Spieth (-26, 262)

Ending his second year as a pro, Jordan Spieth went home with two tournament records along with his victory at the 2014 Hero World Challenge. Starting the final round with a seven-shot lead, Spieth blew away an elite field when he closed with a 6-under 66. The 21-year-old from Texas turned the final round into a casual walk with a 10 stroke win at Isleworth.

Margin of victory: 10 (Henrik Stenson: 272)
Location: Isleworth Golf & Country Club

2013

Zach Johnson (-13, 275)

Trailing tournament host Tiger Woods in the final round, Zach Johnson found magic with his short irons to pull off the victory. Johnson staged an improbable comeback, rallying from four shots behind with eight holes to play. Tied on the final hole, Johnson’s second shot found the water. Needing to save par, Johnson miraculously chipped in from the drop zone to force a playoff. The underdog claimed the title with a par on the first sudden-death hole, finishing with a storybook ending at Sherwood

Margin of victory: Playoff (Tiger Woods: 275)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2012

Graeme McDowell (-17, 271)

Coming off a two-year victory drought, Graeme McDowell found success at the World Challenge. After taking the 54-hole lead on Saturday, McDowell continued his breakaway victory with a series of birdies and wrapped things up in style with a birdie on the final hole to finish 17-under for the weekend, winning for the second time in three years.

Margin of victory: 3 (Keegan Bradley: 274)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2011

Tiger Woods (-10, 278)

A dominant performance on the greens helped tournament host Tiger Woods once again find the top spot at Sherwood. Posting back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, Woods shot 3-under on the day, and 10-under for the tournament. A birdie on the 18th hole completed Woods comeback to win by one stroke at Sherwood. 

Margin of victory: 1 (Zach Johnson: 279)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2010

Graeme McDowell (-16, 272)

Capping off his best year on the PGA TOUR, Graeme McDowell had a performance of a lifetime against tournament host Tiger Woods. After overcoming a 4-shot deficit, the Northern Irishman holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff against Woods. McDowell mirrored his effort on the 72nd hole of regulation and rolled his long birdie putt home for a comeback win in the tournament.

Margin of victory: Playoff (Tiger Woods: 272)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2009

Jim Furyk (-13, 275)

Ending a 28-month winless streak, Jim Furyk held off a strong field to win the World Challenge. Furyk, who started the day two shots behind the leader, sank key puts on the final two holes, closing five-under-par to reach 13-under to win by one stroke at Sherwood Country Club.

Margin of victory: 1 (Graeme McDowell: 276)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2008

Vijay Singh (-11, 277)

Rounding off a memorable PGA TOUR season, Vijay Singh claimed the World Challenge. With the stage set for the final round duel, the veteran golfer sank a birdie putt on the final hole to secure the win. Singh used a five-under-par round to help earn a one-shot victory.

Margin of victory: 1 (Steve Stricker: 278)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2007

Tiger Woods (-22, 266)

Ending a remarkable year, tournament host Tiger Woods became the first player to win back-to-back World Challenges. The world’s top-ranked player began the day with a six-shot lead over his closest competitor and kept his lead sizable on the back nine as he played the final nine holes at 4-under-par. Woods defended his 2006 title with a record-equaling total of 22-under-par.

Margin of victory: 7 (Zach Johnson: 273)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2006

Tiger Woods (-16, 272)

Starting Sunday’s final round one shot behind the leader, tournament host Tiger Woods made his comeback quickly. Sinking a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 second hole, Woods followed that with a chip-in birdie on the third. Woods finished with a 6-under 66 on Sunday to earn his third World Challenge victory.

Margin of victory: 4 (Geoff Ogilvy: 276)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2005

Luke Donald (-16, 272)

Claiming his first victory in four years on the PGA TOUR, Luke Donald won big at the World Challenge. Donald matched the record for best closing round by a winner as he posted an 8-under par round on Sunday. The 28-year-old couldn’t get his final putt to drop on the 18th green, but his par was enough to take home the victory at Sherwood Country Club.

Margin of victory: 2 (Darren Clarke: 274)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2004

Tiger Woods (-16, 268)

Tournament host Tiger Woods held off an elite field to win the World Challenge for a second time. Woods took control of the tournament during the final round, missing only two fairways and one green and closing with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory.

Margin of victory: 2 (Padraig Harrington: 270)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2003

Davis Love III (-11, 277)

Holding off a dramatic comeback by tournament host Tiger Woods, Davis Love III won the World Challenge, his second victory in tournament history. Love pulled away from the Woods and the rest field thanks to a 45-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

Margin of victory: 2 (Tiger Woods: 279)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2002

Padraig Harrington (-20, 268)

Leading by two shots heading into the final round on Sunday, Padraig Harrington took home the World Challenge victory. With tournament host Tiger Woods not far behind, Harrington played the final four holes without a mistake to put the tournament out of reach, finishing one-under-par on the round for a two-stroke victory.

Margin of victory: 2 (Tiger Woods: 270)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

2001

Tiger Woods (-15, 273)

In the final tournament of his season, host Tiger Woods finished with a victory at the World Challenge. Down by four strokes at the turn, Woods converted five straight birdies to blow by the elite field. Woods tied the course record at Sherwood Country Club with an eight-under-par en route to a three-stroke win.

Margin of victory: 3 (Vijay Singh: 276)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

December

2000

Davis Love III (-22, 266)

Starting the final round four shots behind the leader, Davis Love III went home with a victory. After struggling on the greens in the third round, Love rolled in a 10-footer for eagle on the 11th hole, then sank another 10-footer for birdie on 15. Love wrapped up a bogey-free round to finish the tournament at 22-under, good enough for a two-stroke victory at Sherwood Country Club.

Margin of victory: 2 (Tiger Woods: 268)
Location: Sherwood Country Club

January

2000

Tom Lehman (-13, 267)

Breaking his four-year tour victory drought, Tom Lehman rallied to win the inaugural World Challenge. Lehman birdied five of the final six holes to finish 13-under despite the rain and hail-soaked Grayhawk Golf Club course to win by three strokes. To this day, the hail-covered course remains one of the more iconic moments in golf history.

Margin of victory: 3 (David Duval: 270)
Location: Grawhawk Golf Course