2019 Hero World Challenge Betting Preview: Breaking Down the Entire 18-Man Field

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Butch Dill, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Xander Schauffele

Dec 02, 2019, 02:53 PM EST

Eleven of the world’s top-20 players will compete in an elite 18-man Hero World Challenge field in advance of next week’s biennial competition at the Presidents Cup, but you only needed to hear one of NBC’s incessant promos this past weekend to understand which one of ‘em remains The Needle.

“Two Weeks of Tiger,” as it’s being billed, begins with Tiger Woods hosting this week’s event in the Bahamas, then taking over playing-captain duties in Australia – a stark turnaround from just a few years ago, when it seemed like he was often trying to use these weeks as a starting block for his return or a platform to discuss the uncertainty of his future.

Woods is now front and center once again, the reigning Masters champion hoping to get on another heater at an opportune time. He’ll certainly have enough to keep him busy off the course. Playing the role of tourney host always includes plenty of glad-handing and forced conversation amongst the many time demands. And mock it if you will, but he’ll similarly have his ledger with Presidents Cup notes, as being captain requires more hands-on work than simply matching some players together.

By the way, if that’s your thing – if you’re really into trying to figure out potential pairings prior to next week’s partnered rounds – we’ll be given a few clues this week.

As host, Tiger can make the opening-round pairings and as captain, Tiger will want his potential partners playing as much golf together as possible. With 11 of the 12 players on the U.S. roster competing this week – only Dustin Johnson won’t be there, as he’s continuing to rehab a knee injury – don’t be surprised if Wednesday’s tee sheet portends a few matchups for Royal Melbourne.

And yes, I did mean Wednesday.

Due to the lengthy Australia flight afterward, the Hero will be contested beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Saturday, which means you’ll need to place those bets early.

Let’s get right to it, with odds for the entire field – and which players might hold some value.

Jon Rahm: +450