Rickie Fowler knew he had to do something special to catch Charley Hoffman, and he didn’t disappoint. Trailing by seven strokes starting Sunday’s final round of the $3.5 million Hero World Challenge, Fowler opened with seven consecutive birdies and fired an Albany and tournament-record 11-under-par 61 to win by four strokes over Hoffman. Fowler finished at 18-undrer 270, while Hoffman closed with a 72 and wound up at 14-under 274.
There aren’t many rounds of golf more exclusive than the Hero World Challenge pro-am. Playing with one of the world’s top 18 players is matched only by the experience at Albany, Bahamas, making the pro-am a bucket-list experience for the most avid amateur golfers.
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.
When a spot opened up just days before the start of the 2015 Hero World Challenge, Bubba Watson answered the called. While in the Bahamas, Watson did much more, as he finished 25-under to capture the 2015 Hero World Challenge.