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Hero World Challenge 2017 betting tips: 3 from the tee at Albany

Jon Wilde 28 Nov 2017
Rickie Fowler (credit:Credit by bettingpro)'s Jon Wilde provides outright betting tips for the Hero World Challenge and a guide on how to bet on this invitational event in which Tiger Woods makes his return to action, taking place from November 30-December 3.

Background to the Hero World Challenge

The Hero World Challenge is an unofficial PGA Tour event and an invitational tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, who makes his return to competitive action this week for the first time since undergoing a fourth back operation in the spring.

Inaugurated in 1999 and formerly prefixed by Chevron, Williams, Target and Northwestern Mutual, the World Challenge has previously been played in California and Florida but in 2015 was moved to Albany in the Bahamas.

The field is restricted to 18 leading players with the criteria for invitation, if they are all available, being the four reigning Major champions, the next 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the defending champion and two special exemption players, who of course this year include Woods.

Woods has won the event five times but this year is the 50/1 rank outsider to defy the rust and triumph, having finished 15th in 2016 when only 17 players competed.

Three from the tee

Here are the trio we are backing for the 2017 Hero World Challenge:

1) RICKIE FOWLER @ 9/1 with William Hill (paying 1/5 odds first 4 places for each-way bets)

Rickie Fowler (Getty Images)

Having filled third position both times, nobody in this year’s field has a more consistent record in the Hero World Challenge than Fowler since it was moved to Albany in 2015.

The 28-year-old Californian has played sparingly over the last couple of months, limiting himself to just a runner-up finish in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba three weeks ago, and should have both the freshness and form to go close this week.

2) BROOKS KOEPKA @ 10/1 with BetStars (paying 1/5 odds first 4 places for each-way bets)

Brooks Koepka (Getty Images)

The reigning US Open champion comes here in terrific fettle having cruised to victory at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan two weeks ago by nine shots, leaving local hero Hideki Matsuyama trailing in his wake.

Koepka is at his best in tournaments where lots of birdies are on offer and as scoring at Albany is invariably very low, this type of event should suit him ideally and he looks sure to improve on his previous best finish here of seventh.

3) KEVIN KISNER @ 25/1 with William Hill

Kevin Kisner (Getty Images)

With the bookmakers paying out down to fourth place and even fifth in a couple of cases, it makes sense to side with an outsider and Kisner fits the bill even though this is his World Challenge debut.

A Steady Eddie rather than a flashy player, the American, who led for much of the way in the US PGA Championship a few months ago, recently finished fourth at the RSM Classic and showed enough in the Open at Royal Birkdale in July to suggest this links-style test will be up his street.

Course Guide

Albany is a luxury resort on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas and, along with Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, is fronted by the Tavistock Group which was founded by Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis.

Els designed the golf course which is a par-72, 7,400-yard test which was opened in 2010 and has an extra par-five and par-three hole that takes the total of each to five rather than the conventional four.

It is an exposed, flat, links-style course with tall sand dunes and Els has described it as a mix between Royal Birkdale, which staged this year’s Open Championship, and the club that carries his name in Dubai.

Previous winners

Hero World Challenge results: Past winners of the Hero World Challenge

YearWinnerScoreTo ParRunner-UpCourse
2006Tiger Woods272-16Geoff OgilvySherwood Country Club
2007Tiger Woods266-22Zach JohnsonSherwood Country Club
2008Vijay Singh277-11Steve StrickerSherwood Country Club
2009Jim Furyk275-13Graeme McDowellSherwood Country Club
2010Graeme McDowell272-16Tiger WoodsSherwood Country Club
2011Tiger Woods278-10Zach JohnsonSherwood Country Club
2012Graeme McDowell271-17Keegan BradleySherwood Country Club
2013Zach Johnson275-13Tiger WoodsSherwood Country Club
2014Jordan Spieth262-26Henrik StensonIsleworth
2015Bubba Watson263-25Patrick ReedAlbany
2016Hideki Matsuyama270-18Henrik StensonAlbany

Hero World Challenge in-play betting tactics

As this event has such a small field, it is probably no surprise that it can turn into something of a procession and that has been the case for the last three years when the winner was always in control.

Jordan Spieth in 2014 prevailed with comfortably the biggest margin in the tournament’s 18-year history, a massive 10 shots, so if anyone gets out in front early they may not come back to the rest.

That said, when the event was first played at Albany two years ago, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler made up ground from below halfway on the leaderboard to chase home Bubba Watson, although in fairness the pack was quite compressed on that occasion.

Hero World Challenge markets

Despite this not being a conventional tournament with the typically large field, the bookmakers are still offering a good range of markets and as well as the usual outright win and each-way betting you can back a player to finish in the Top 3, 4, 5 or 10 – and even to finish last.

Those happy to wager on a single nationality or continent of player can choose from five such markets – Top American, Top Continental European, Top Englishman (Justin Rose or Tommy Fleetwood), Top European and Top Swedish Player (Henrik Stenson or Alex Noren).

There are also several special bets on offer including whether there will be a play-off, a hole in one, an albatross, the margin of victory and a wire-to-wire winner (same player to lead after every round).

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