Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge 2014 live stream: How to watch online, TV coverage and more
While it’s an under-the-radar December event, the past and future of American golf are on opposite ends of the leaderboard in Florida on Sunday.
It’s only a silly season event, but the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge will be dripping with interesting storylines and narratives on Sunday. At the top of the leaderboard, there’s Jordan Spieth, perhaps the next big thing in American golf and currently the hottest golfer in the world. He’s already at 20-under after 54 holes and has a record seven-shot margin on the field. At the bottom of the leaderboard is Tiger Woods, the tournament host, 20 shots back of Spieth and struggling with illness and an ugly short game.
Despite his last-place position, it really hasn’t been THAT bad for Tiger this week. The repeated chunked chip shots, that even the lowest handicapper might mitigate over the course of four days, have been startling to watch. But the greenside lies at Isleworth have been giving everyone trouble. Those lowlights with the wedge will get most of the attention, but Tiger’s new swing, a version of his “old” swing from his early 20s, has looked solid.
Woods started the week with three yanks left off the tee, but since then, the tee balls and ball-striking have been fine. After an opening 41 on his first nine this week, he was never going to win. So the object had to be getting comfortable and re-acquainted with this motion in what was his first competitive golf in almost four months. There’s been no glaring signs of trouble there, so he should feel good heading into another long layoff — we probably won’t see him until the end of January in Dubai or the first week of February at Torrey Pines. He said his fever broke on the back nine on Saturday, so while he’s not 100 percent, he should be feeling a little better for the final round, another great opportunity to stripe it in actual competition.
At the other end, barring an early implosion, Spieth is going to win his second tournament in seven days. This is the silly season, but both events have had loaded fields. He overwhelmed the Australian Open, which included Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, shooting a Sunday 63 in brutal conditions that he called his best round as a pro. Now he’s doing the same at Tiger’s little party, which includes 10 of the top 15 players in the world. Another win will only fortify the narrative that 2015 will be the “Year of Spieth.”
Thanks to Tiger’s return and that loaded set of 18 players, this is the most intriguing event since the Ryder Cup in late September. Golf Channel and their Comcast sister network, NBC, have covered it as such. Tiger will be out in the first group of the day at 11:25 a.m. ET, so he’ll be a few holes into his round when Golf Channel goes live at Noon. But I expect their pregame show to cover most of his shots on those early holes. If you’re unable to get in front of a TV, or just want a second screen while you watch NFL, both GC and NBC will simulcast stream all of their coverage via their Live Extra service. Here are all your media options for the final round:
Sunday’s final round coverage
Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Golf Channel
1:30 to 5 p.m. — NBC
Replayed on Golf Channel from 6 to 11 p.m. ET, Midnight to 5 a.m. ET
Noon to 5 p.m. — Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream
Noon to 5 p.m. — PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)