2019 Hero World Challenge Recap

Henrik Stenson and His New 3 Wood Win in the Bahamas

New Providence, Bahamas – Henrik Stenson (-18) came out on top at Tiger’s event after shooting a final round 66.  He beat out Jon Rahm by 1 stroke and Patrick Reed by 2. The tournament, which normally has a distinct off-season vacation vibe to it, was given some enhanced meaning this year thanks to several storylines, including the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia next week. 

Given that it is his invitational event, it’s only fitting that Tiger Woods garnered much of the attention during the week.  Tiger was in near-vintage form for most of the week, showing fans that his winning days may not be over just yet. After opening with a 72, Tiger went 66, 67, 69 to finish with a total of -14 in solo fourth place.

Tiger wasn’t the only player on the U.S. Presidents Cup team to play well.  Gary Woodland (T7, -12), Justin Thomas (T5, -13), and Patrick Reed (solo third, -16) all had solid weeks leading up to next week’s team event in Melbourne. 

Reed, however, also made headlines for the wrong reasons.  During Friday’s third round, Golf Channel cameras clearly caught him improving his lie in a waste area on the par 5 11th.  Reed, taking advantage of the new rule allowing players to ground their club in bunkers and waste areas, grounded his club right behind the ball and dragged it back like a rake, brushing away sand from the back of his ball.  Then, he did it again. He was assessed a two stroke penalty after the round.

Jon Rahm, last year’s winner, was one of three non-Americans in the field and despite not having his best stuff, he reminded fans why he is one of the best players in the world and why this could be the year he wins his first major.

Next week, top American players head to Australia to contest the Presidents Cup while the PGA Tour will have its first team event of the year, the QBE Shootout, in Naples, Florida.  While the Presidents Cup will be the main attraction, golf fans will want to make some time to tune in to see teams like Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, Billy Horschel-Brandt Snedeker, and Graeme McDowell-Ian Poulter.

 

Henrik Stenson What’s In The Bag

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash 9° (Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62)

3 wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 13.5° (Project X HZRDUS Yellow Prototype 6.5 62)

Hybrid: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 18° (Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 Blue)

Irons: Callaway Legacy Black 3-P  (Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 3 46°, Callaway Mack Daddy 5 Jaws 52°, 58°(Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour120 X)

Putter: Odyssey O Works #7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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