2014 Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge: Tee times, pairings for Friday’s round
When you’re last, you’re first off the tee.
Tiger, you’re up.
In a normal PGA Tour event, players would not be re-sorted and re-paired according to score after just one round. But the Hero World Challenge is not a normal event with a just a limited 18-man field, so that means Tiger Woods, tournament host in DFL, will be out in the first group of the day with Patrick Reed for the second round.
Woods finished the first round in last place by a healthy margin, a good four shots worse than anyone else in this little party that he hosts each year. Even though it was his first round with a new swing after four months away, it was still startling to see Woods post such a high number (5-over 77) on a course that he knows so well. Isleworth is Woods’ former home club, where he lived for more than a decade and site of that infamous car crash into a fire hydrant. Golf Channel relayed that Woods estimated he had played a couple thousand rounds on the course, and once broke 60 there. The conditions were different and a bit tougher, tipped out at 7700 yards, but for Tiger to shoot anything over a 73 or 74 had to be shocking. The way in which he did it, with repeated ghastly chunks and flubs on greenside chips, was just as disconcerting.
But that course familiarity Woods has creates the potential for three straight rebound rounds, beginning Friday morning. He’s already in an 11-shot hole to Jordan Spieth, so winning may be out of the question, but Woods has a good chance to post three rounds in the red and work on that new motion before another extended layoff and the start of his 2015 season. That begins at 11:20 a.m. ET with Reed, the precocious prospect who wears red and black on Sundays to emulate Tiger. With just 18 guys in the field and a tee sheet of twosomes, the players should get around the course in four hours. Woods may just have four or five holes left when Golf Channel comes on the air at 2 p.m., but I expect the network to show many of his shots during their pregame show.
Tiger’s comeback is the main show this week, but there are 17 other players in the field, including 10 of the top 15 in the world rankings. Woods never had much of a chance against such a loaded set, and the most exciting development among the group is with Spieth. He’s coming off what he called the best round of his career, an all-world 63 in some brutal conditions in Australia, where he won on Sunday. He’s just getting back on schedule back in the States, but kept much of that form on Thursday when he quickly shot to the top of the leaderboard again. This could be the year of Spieth after an up-and-down sophomore season. He’ll anchor the tee sheet with Zach Johnson, the defending champ in this event, at 12:40 p.m.
Here’s the full tee sheet for Friday’s second round at Isleworth (all times ET):
|11:20 AM||Patrick Reed||Tiger Woods|
|11:30 AM||Justin Rose||Billy Horschel|
|11:40 AM||Jason Day||Keegan Bradley|
|11:50 AM||Chris Kirk||Hunter Mahan|
|12:00 PM||Matt Kuchar||Bubba Watson|
|12:10 PM||Hideki Matsuyama||Jimmy Walker|
|12:20 PM||Henrik Stenson||Graeme McDowell|
|12:30 PM||Steve Stricker||Rickie Fowler|
|12:40 PM||Jordan Spieth||Zach Johnson|