The two Patrick’s World No. 15 Patrick Reed and World No. 20 Patrick Cantlay joined the top of the leaderboard at 7-under 65 at the opening round of Hero World Challenge – a Tiger Woods Invite only event, which sees a very limited field, has 14 of the Top 20 players in the field out of a total of 18 players inside the Top 32 rank on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Initially, the tournament had a 16-man field composed of the defending champion, the top 11 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking, and four sponsors exemptions chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Patrick Cantlay remained bogey-free for the round with seven birdies on his card, he was soon joined by Patrick Reed who shot 8 birdies and a bogey on par-3 eighth to take a 3-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson.
The defending champ Rickie Fowler shot 72 to stand T-13 with Tony Finau and Gary Woodland. The host Tiger Woods looks like is being a good host and finished T-16 with Xander Schauffele at 1-over 73, missing only one fairway en route.
While Mr. Pawan Munjal announced the extension of the deal between Hero Moto Corp Limited and Tiger Woods and Hero World Challenge for another 4 years, this got just pretty exciting to see the top players fighting out for a fat paycheck of $1,000,000, the event has a prize fund of $3,500,000.
Just a year ago Tiger was not even cleared to play, he was just allowed for small swings from his doctors, but he announced his comeback to professional golf with Hero World Challenge, to honor his commitment with Hero and obviously golf, which he was missing for more than a year, the man is back and hell yeah he won his first tournament in over 1877 days at the Tour Championship in September.
While the field and the set-up surely look great and 3 more days of heavenly golf awaits.
Do you think Rickie Fowler can win it back to back?