The Hero World Challenge often brings out the best golfers in the world–perhaps the fact that it takes place at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas has something to do with that–and 2018 is no different, with 11 of the Top 15 making up a majority of the 18-player field.
Coverage of the 2018 Hero World Challenge will be broadcast across the Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday) and NBC (Sunday). You can find the broadcast schedule here. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of both the Golf Channel and NBC on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
The Golf Channel and NBC (available live in most markets, which you can find here) are two of 75-plus channels included in the main Fubo bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the tournament on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch coverage of the tournament up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including both the Golf Channel and NBC (available live in most markets, which you can find here). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the tournament on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
NBC (available live in select markets, which you can find here) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package, while the Golf Channel is in the “Sports Extra” add-on. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both right here, and you can then watch the tournament live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
The Field of 18 at Albany Golf Club includes six of the Top-10 ranked players in the world and 11 of the Top 15. There will be no shortage of starpower in the Bahamas this week, but all eyes will still be on the 13th ranked golfer in the world.
Mr. Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods.
After missing the majority of the 2016 and ’17 seasons due to a variety of different ailments and surgeries, Woods made his return to golf at this tournament last year. It was unclear at that point what to expect from him, but after a remarkable comeback season that included seven Top-10’s, a runner-up at the PGA Championship and a win at the season-ending Tour Championship, he returns to Albany a year later with much clearer expectations.
“Well, the expectations are much different this year, this upcoming year,” Woods said. “Now I know I can do it. Now it’s just about managing and making sure I’m fresh for events because I know I can win tournaments again.
“There was a point where, you’ve all heard me say this, I just didn’t know if I would ever do this again.”
Woods, who will always be the center of attention as long as he’s healthy, will tee of Thursday with Justin Thomas. The 25-year-old, who won the 2017 PGA Player of the Year award, actually took a slight step back in 2018 but that’s all relative as he still managed to collect three wins and 10 Top-10 finishes. He’s ranked fourth in the world, and he and Woods will surely be the group that garners the most attention on Thursday.
Another group to watch will be Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. Fowler has three top-three finishes in his career at Albany, including a win here last year after firing a course-record 61 on Sunday, while World No. 3 Johnson is an obvious favorite after leading the Tour in Par-3, Par-4 and Par-5 scoring last year.
The tournament, which features no cuts, will hand out Official World Golf Ranking points and a $3.5 million purse to the 18 players. The winner will take home a cool $1 million.
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