November 26, 2023

2023 Hero World Challenge: by the numbers

With 20 of the world’s best players set to compete at Albany, Bahamas in the 2023 Hero World Challenge, get familiar with the stats, storylines and players before action gets underway.


Viktor Hovland has played in the Hero World Challenge on two occasions and has won both times. The 2021 and 2022 champion looks to become the first player to go back-to-back-to-back and remain perfect at Albany.
Scottie Scheffler sits atop the Official World Golf Ranking, but the past two years at Albany he has finished second behind Hovland. Can the World No. 1 make a move one spot up the leaderboard and finish in the top spot this year?
The number of players making their Hero World Challenge debuts this week. 2023 major champions Wyndham Clark (U.S. Open) and Brian Harman (Open Championship) are joined by Will Zalatoris competing for the first time in the Hero World Challenge. For Zalatoris, the tournament marks his first competitive action since April.
There are four past Hero World Challenge champions in the field this week: Hovland (2021, 2022), Rickie Fowler (2017), Jordan Spieth (2014) and tournament host Tiger Woods (2011, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001). In total, the four players have combined to win the tournament nine times.
2023 marks the eighth time the Hero World Challenge is being held at Albany. Having first moved to The Bahamas in 2015, the tournament’s relaxed atmosphere and limited field fit perfectly in the island setting.
Top 10 that is. Tony Finau competes at Albany for the fifth time this year, and in his previous four appearances, he has never finished outside the top 10. Finau’s best result came in 2018, when he finished second behind eventual champion Jon Rahm.
Members of the 2023 Ryder Cup teams in the field this week. Four members of the victorious Team Europe (Matt Fitzpatrick, Hovland, Justin Rose, Sepp Straka) are set to compete with nine members of team USA (Sam Burns, Clark, Fowler, Harman, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, Scheffler, Spieth, Justin Thomas).
Lucas Glover has gone 14 years between appearances in the Hero World Challenge. After finishing 13th in 2009, Glover is back in the field after a fantastic year on the PGA TOUR that included back-to-back wins in the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship this past August.