• Green wins LPGA Q-School for second time

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jaye Marie Green will take some winning momentum in her return to the LPGA next season.
    Olafia Kristinsdottir will take the pride of Iceland into her rookie year on tour, becoming the first player from her country to play the LPGA.
    American Beth Allen and England’s Mel Reid will try to turn their Ladies European Tour success into something bigger.
    And Japan’s Nasa Hataoka will look to become the next teen phenom to make her mark on the biggest stage in wom
  • After Further Review: Hero shouldn't get OWGR points

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
    On OWGR points at the Hero ...
    It’s one of the primary reasons an elite field gathered this week in the Bahamas, but the fact that OWGR points are available for an 18-man, unofficial event like the Hero World Challenge doesn’t seem right.
    Other small-field events like the Tournament of Champions or Tour Championship boast much more stringent qualifying metrics, but this wee
  • Good, bad, ugly: Stats from Tiger's return

    Tiger Woods' first start since the 2015 Wyndham Championship featured plenty of positives and a few negatives. Here's a look at some of the key stats from Woods' week at the Hero World Challenge:
    • Woods shot rounds of 73-65-70-76 to finish 15th in a field of 17 players.
    • Woods led the field with 24 birdies, but he also made six double bogeys, including three on the par-4 18th hole. Hideki Matsuyama, who won by two strokes, recorded 22 birdies.
    • Woods, Russell Knox, Louis Oosth
  • Hideki wins yet again, sets sights on Augusta

    NASSAU, Bahamas – He may not be willing to admit it, but right now there is probably not a hotter player on the planet than Hideki Matsuyama.
    Matsuyama stumbled to a 1-over 73 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge, but after starting the day with a seven-shot cushion, it was enough to earn the 24-year-old a two-shot win over hard-charging Henrik Stenson.
    Matsuyama led by eight shots at one point during the final round, but that advantage was trimmed to two after Stenson birdied t
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  • Stenson makes Matsuyama earn it in Albany

    NASSAU, Bahamas – A tournament that seemed like a surefire win for Hideki Matsuyama turned into anything but after Henrik Stenson put together a late charge at the Hero World Challenge.
    Stenson started the day seven shots behind Matsuyama, and he trailed by eight shots with only 13 holes remaining. But the reigning Open champ picked up four shots in two holes when he eagled No. 9 and Matsuyama doubled the par-4 10th. Stenson trimmed the deficit to just two with a birdie on No. 16.
    While h
  • Woods leaves Hero with hope for future

    NASSAU, Bahamas – It’s about 150 yards from the first tee at Albany Golf Club to the interview room that abuts the Hero World Challenge media center, basically a straight shot across some hard-packed sand with a quick pivot around the dunes that line the back of the third green.
    The path is a short walk, or a stock 9-iron if you prefer the aerial approach. But for Tiger Woods, the two points may as well have been separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Woods was marooned at the dais one yea
  • Tiger to continue testing new equipment

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods took a mixed-bag approach to compiling the equipment he used for his first start in nearly 16 months, and after four rounds at the Hero World Challenge he insists there’s still more work to be done.
    Woods showed up at Albany Golf Club with a hodgepodge collection: TaylorMade woods, Nike irons and wedges, a Scotty Cameron putter and a Bridgestone ball. Woods is free to tinker and test equipment options without making a long-term commitment following Nike
  • 2015 vs. 2016: Breaking down Tiger's swing

    Tiger Woods made his first start since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. So what's different about his swing? NBC/Golf Channel analyst Gary Koch breaks it down.
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  • Woods hopes for "full" 2017 schedule after return

    NASSAU, Bahamas – A 15-month layoff takes a toll, even when you’re Tiger Woods.
    After showing flashes of brilliance throughout his much-anticipated return to competition, Woods stumbled to a 4-over 76 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. The score left Woods alone in 15th place at 4 under for the week, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama and ahead of only two pros in the limited-field event.
    While he was able to get off to a fast start in each of the first three rounds
  • Woods closes return to competition with 4-over 76

    NASSAU, Bahamas – A 15-month layoff takes a toll, even when you’re Tiger Woods.
    After showing flashes of brilliance throughout his much-anticipated return to competition, Woods stumbled to a 4-over 76 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. The score left Woods alone in 15th place at 4 under for the week, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama and ahead of only two pros in the limited-field event.
    While he was able to get off to a fast start in each of the first three round
  • Matsuyama wins Hero by two over Stenson

    Hideki Matsuyama didn't quite cruise Sunday, but the hottest player in the world nonetheless turned a seven-stroke overnight lead into a two-shot win over Henrik Stenson at the Hero World Challenge. Here’s how Sunday wrapped up in Albany:
    Leaderboard: Matsuyama (-18), Stenson (-16), Matt Kuchar (-13), Rickie Fowler (-13), Dustin Johnson (-13), Bubba Watson (-11), Jordan Spieth (-11), Brandt Snedeker (-11)
    What it means: This is Matsuyama’s fourth win in his last five starts. He was f
  • The Bradley-Stacey wedding looked like a great time

    Keegan Bradley and Jillian Stacey officially tied the knot this weekend, getting married and partying at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
    And what a celebration it was.
    The longtime couple always seems to be having a good time on social media, and their wedding was no different. There was a beautiful venue, guests dressed to the nines, a photobooth filled with hilarious props and a perfectly executed mannequin challenge by the groomsmen. All the essentials for a dream we
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  • Woods' most potent weapon in comeback? His mind

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Beyond the fist pumps and the club twirls, past the booming drives and approach shots that left you weak in the knees, Tiger Woods has always had one tool at his disposal that gave him a leg up over any field.
    It wasn’t a swing technique, or even a physical advantage. Instead, it was something that Woods took only two seconds to identify Saturday when asked about the biggest strength of his game through three rounds at the Hero World Challenge.
    “My mind,&rdquo
  • Up 7, Matsuyama eyes fourth win in five starts

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Perhaps already the hottest player entering this week’s Hero World Challenge, Hideki Matsuyama is on the cusp of adding yet another trophy to his rapidly-growing collection.
    Matsuyama fired a seven-under 65 in the third round at Albany Golf Club to turn a 36-hole co-lead with Dustin Johnson into a whopping seven-shot cushion over Johnson and Henrik Stenson entering the final round. His round featured several highlights, but none bigger than at the short par-4 sevent
  • Stenson, 7 back, one round from Christmas break

    NASSAU, Bahamas – After a third-round 66 at the Hero World Challenge, Henrik Stenson moved all the way up into a tie for second. But facing a seven-shot deficit in the year’s final event, the Swede is attacking Sunday’s finale with a unique approach.
    “One round away from Christmas break,” Stenson said. “So try to finish off in good style and enjoy that break, because I’ve had a great year and I’m looking forward to some time off.”
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  • Ashok, Stackhouse on LPGA Q-School bubble

    Jaye Marie Green is in commanding position to do more than regain full LPGA status.
    Olafia Kristinstodditir is poised to become the first player from Iceland to earn LPGA membership.
    Japan teen phenom Nasa Hataoka looks ready to claim LPGA status as a rookie next season.
    With four rounds in the books, the all-important final round of LPGA Q-School is scheduled Sunday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. The top 20 will earn full LPGA membership, with players finishing 21st to 45th and ties ga
  • Tiger 'absolutely' aiming for Jack's major record

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Three rounds into the most anticipated comeback of his career, Tiger Woods still has his eyes set on the biggest prizes in golf.
    Woods has been stuck on 14 career majors for nearly nine years, a drought that included the last 15 months, during which he failed to hit a competitive shot. He missed all four majors this year for the first time as a professional.
    But after a third-round 70 at the Hero World Challenge that left him alone in 10th place at 8 under, Woods reiterat
  • Nicklaus salutes Lundquist with '86 Masters memory

    As CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist called his final SEC Championship Game on Saturday, Jack Nicklaus saluted him with this tweet about the 1986 Masters.Lundquist, 76, who is semi-retiring - he will continue to call college basketball and golf after calling next week's Army-Navy game - made the iconic "Yes, SIR!!!" call on Nicklaus' 17th-hole birdie during the final round of his epic sixth Masters victory at age 46.
    Verne, as you call your last championship game, thanks for one of my favorite mem
  • Woods starts hot, fades to 2-under 70 at Hero

    NASSAU, Bahamas – A red-hot start fizzled out down the stretch for Tiger Woods, who continued his comeback with a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge.
    Woods birdied his first three holes, then added a hole-out from a bunker on No. 5 to race up the standings at the 17-man event where he also serves as tournament host. But Woods would bogey the next hole, then cap a back-nine 38 with a watery double bogey on No. 18.
    Despite the late setback, Woods remained upbeat and op
  • Matsuyama (65) leads Hero by seven shots

    Thanks to a round of 7-under 65, the hottest player in the golf world, Hideki Matsuyama, will take a seven-shot lead into the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Here’s where things stand heading into Sunday in Albany:
    Leaderboard: Matsuyama (-19), Henrik Stenson (-12), Dustin Johnson (-12), Brandt Snedeker (-12), Matt Kuchar (-11)
    What it means: Matusyama is 18 holes from picking up his fifth worldwide win of 2016 and his fourth victory in his last five starts. The sixth-ranked playe
  • Watch: Hideki's one-hop hole-out for eagle

    Hideki Matsuyama is eyeing his fourth worldwide win in five starts, and it's because of shots like this.
    The 36 co-leader in Albany, Matsuyama reached 17 under par on Saturday thanks to this approach shot from 86 yards at the short par-4 seventh.
    In addition to the eagle, Matsuyama carded three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to make the turn in 4-under 32 with a four-shot lead over playing partner Dustin Johnson.
  • Watch: Woods holes out from sand for birdie

    As a follow-up to his 7-under 65 Friday, Tiger Woods got off to a red-hot start Saturday at the Hero World Challenge.
    Woods birdied each of his first three holes and added a fourth circle to his card at the par-4 fifth, this one from a greenside bunker.
    Prior to a three-putt bogey at No. 6, Woods had played his last 23 holes at Albany a bogey-free 11 under.
  • Watch: McIlroy stuns 9-year-old superfan

    Sometimes meeting your heroes can be underwhelming. Fortunately, 9-year-old Charley Smyth was entirely overwhelmed by Rory McIlroy.
    Smyth was a guest on the "Late Late Toy Show," an annual holiday edition of RTE One's "Late Late Show," and was as confident and talkative as could be before McIlroy showed up to surprise him.
    Smyth was playing a copy of EA Sports' Rory McIlroy PGA Tour video game and rattling off every one of McIlroy's recent accomplishments to host Ryan Tubridy before McIlroy walk
  • Trump tweet: Great to have Tiger back again

    President-elect Donald Trump has been busy filling out his cabinet before his January inauguration, but the golf enthusiast seems to be excited as everyone else about Tiger Woods' return this week at the Hero World Challenge."@TigerWoods: Can’t wait to get back out there and mix it up with the boys. –TW #heroworldchallenge" Great to have you back Tiger - Special!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
  • Matsuyama, Johnson set for Saturday showdown

    NASSAU, Bahamas – While much of the attention will be allocated to the suddenly resurgent tournament host at the Hero World Challenge, an interesting battle is on deck at the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
    Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama share the lead at the halfway point, each boasting a 12-under 132 total. It leaves them two shots clear of the next closest duo, and it sets up an enticing matchup between the consensus Player of the Year and perhaps the hottest play
  • Hataoka, 17, leads by one at LPGA Q-School

    Japan teen phenom Nasa Hataoka moved into sole possession of the lead at LPGA Q-School Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
    Hataoka, just 17, shot 3-under-par 69 on LPGA International’s Jones Course, moving her to 14-under 202, one shot better than American Jaye Marie Green (67).
    “It is cool to see my name at the top of the leaderboard,” Hataoka told LPGA media through a translator. “I don’t want to get greedy, but I want to get to 20 under. I really want to work on my cou
  • Woods builds on positive start with bogey-free 65

    NASSAU, Bahamas – After getting off to a reasonable start for the second straight day at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods encountered a quandary.
    His tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole ended up in a waste area, the type of coarse, shelly sand that masquerades as a cart path at Albany Golf Club. His stance was impeded by a scrub bush, and he had a long carry to the hole with the green quickly running in the opposite direction.
    What followed was a display of deft touch, a carefully craft
  • Defending champ Bubba three back after 63

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods wasn’t the only player to surge up the standings Friday at the Hero World Challenge.
    Defending champ Bubba Watson followed suit, chasing an opening 72 with a 9-under 63 that served as the best round of the tournament and gave him a shot at successfully defending his title.
    Watson shot 25 under at Albany Golf Club last year, and he again displayed an affinity for the layout, playing his first six holes 6 under en route to an outward 29.
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  • DJ, Matsuyama share Hero lead; Woods shoots 65

    Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama share the lead through two rounds at the Hero World Challenge, as Tiger Woods on Friday carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 in his second round back from a 15-month layoff. Here’s where things stand through 36 holes in Albany:
    Leaderboard: Johnson (-12), Matsuyama (-12), Matt Kuchar (-10), Louis Oosthuizen (-10), Bubba Watson (-9), Brandt Snedeker (-8), Jordan Spieth (-7), J.B. Holmes (-7), Tiger Woods (-6), Rickie Fowler (-6), Henrik Stenson (-6)
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  • Easy decision: Tiger details switch to Scotty

    NASSAU, Bahamas – As he makes his first competitive start in nearly 16 months, there are plenty of aspects to Tiger Woods’ bag that may elicit a double take: new TaylorMade woods, a Bridgestone ball and a flashy new sponsor on the bag.
    But one weapon is a blast from the past, and it featured prominently during Woods’ second-round 65 that vaulted him up the leaderboard: the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter with which he won 13 of his 14 majors.
    The impetus for those equipment cha
  • Woods in total control, posts 7-under 65 at Hero

    NASSAU, Bahamas – What a difference a day makes.
    One day after a tumultuous effort in his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods appeared in control of all facets of his game while shooting a bogey-free, 7-under 65 that quickly moved him up the leaderboard.
    Woods opened with an easy birdie on the first hole and rolled from there, correcting many of the tee-shot issues that plagued him during the first round and pouring in several lengthy putts. He is now 6-under thr
  • Woods working with Como in 'training camps'

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods’ return to competition after a 15-month hiatus has brought with it no shortage of questions, but one of the lingering queries focused on his relationship with swing coach Chris Como.
    Woods hired Como in Nov. 2014, shortly after parting ways with Sean Foley. Como was somewhat less visible than his predecessor when Woods was healthy, and his role was largely unknown while Woods spent the last 15 months rehabbing from multiple back surgeries.
    But after firi
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    Check out highlights from Adam Scott at the Australian PGA Championship in the U.S. Bank Report.
  • Watch: Tiger fist pumps big par save at 16

    After 15 mistake-free holes Friday, Tiger Woods appeared headed for his first bogey of the round when his drive riccocheted into some bushes off the 16th tee.
    Following a pitch out and a wedge from a waste area, Woods was left with this lengthy par putt to keep his second-round scorecard clean:That par and two more at 17 and 18 got Woods into the clubhouse in 7-under 65. He now sits 6 under par through two rounds in Albany.
  • Watch: Tiger nearly aces par-3 12th at Hero

    Tiger Woods is off to another hot start at the Hero World Challenge. After posting a 3-under 33 on the front nine for the second straight day, Woods birdied the par-5 11th and then nearly made a hole-in-one at the par-3 12th.
  • Cut Line: Mixed reviews in Tiger's return

    Tiger Woods returns to competition this week to mixed reviews, and expectations; while Jack Nicklaus draws a familiar line in the sand in this week’s Silly Season edition.
    Made Cut
    The Return. Tiger Woods entered “phase two” of his career on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge with a predictable mix of miscues and familiar mojo, roaring out with four birdies through eight holes before stumbling in with a pair of sloppy double bogeys to close his round of 73.
    It seems the pendu
  • Rose WDs Hero; Tiger to play solo Rd. 2

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Justin Rose has withdrawn from the Hero World Challenge, leaving tournament host Tiger Woods without a playing partner for the second round at Albany Golf Club.
    Rose was making his first stroke-play start since the BMW Championship in September, having taken several weeks off to recover from a lingering back injury that also caused him to miss starts in the spring. He shot a 2-over 74 in the first round then informed tournament officials of his withdrawal Friday morning,
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  • Red-hot Matsuyama (65) just one off Hero lead

    NASSAU, Bahamas – There may not be a hotter player in the world right now than Hideki Matsuyama, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
    Matsuyama broke through for victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last month, a win that he sandwiched in between victories at the Japan Open and, most recently, the Taiheiyo Masters in Japan. He threw in a runner-up finish at the CIMB Classic for good measure, and suddenly the Japanese phenom has risen to No. 6 in the world.
    That strong play con
  • Holmes feasts on par 5s, leads Hero by 1

    NASSAU, Bahamas – While it may feel like a one-man show this week at the Hero World Challenge, there are actually 17 golfers in the field not named Tiger Woods. And after one round, they’re all chasing J.B. Holmes.
    Holmes bombed his way around Albany Golf Club, rebounding from an opening bogey to shoot an 8-under 64 and take a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama.
    “It was a great day for me,” Holmes said. “Putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well. Pretty muc
  • Despite late mistakes, Tiger's first 18 a success

    NASSAU, Bahamas – For a brief instant, it appeared that Tiger Woods had spent the last 15 months quietly cobbling together some sort of Bahamian time machine.
    The irons were accurate, the chips were crisp. The birdie putts fell – first one, then another, then another.
    This was not the hobbled shell of a man that flashed across TV sets so often in recent years. This was Tiger Woods, walking with an extra spring in his step as he climbed the leaderboard at the Hero World Challenge.
    But
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  • Reid, 17-year-old Hataoka lead LPGA Q-School

    English Ladies European Tour veteran Mel Reid and Japanese teen phenom Nasa Hataoka posted low rounds Thursday to pull away as leaders after two rounds of LPGA Q-School at LPGA International.
    Reid shot an 8-under-par 64 on the Jones course to get to 11 under overall. Hataoka shot 65 on the Hills Course to equal her total.
    They’re three shots ahead of American Jaye Marie Green, who put up a 68 on the Hills Course.
    Reid is a five-time LET winner and a Solheim Cup veteran. Hataoka, 17, won th
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  • Woods 17th out of 18 players at Hero

    NASSAU, Bahamas – After a hot start in his much-anticipated return to action, Tiger Woods fizzled out en route to an opening 1-over 73 at the Hero World Challenge.
    Woods started strong in his first competitive round in nearly 16 months, rolling off three straight birdies to reach 4-under through eight holes and briefly share the lead. But he bogeyed the next hole, and after a watery double bogey on No. 18 he ended up 17th among the 18-man field.
    Despite the rough close, Woods remained upbe
  • Holmes (64) leads Hero; Tiger returns with 73

    J.B. Holmes leads the Hero World Challenge following a round of 8-under 64, but Thursday was dominated by the return of the tournament host and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, who started out on fire but faltered on the back nine to post 1-over 73. Here’s where things stand through 18 holes in Albany:  
    Leaderboard: Holmes (-8), Hideki Matusyama (-7), Dustin Johnson (-6), Henrik Stenson (-5), Matt Kuchar (-5), Louis Oosthuizen (-5), Rickie Fowler (-4), Jordan Spieth (-4)
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    Check out highlights from Charl Schwartzel, Paul Dunne and more at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in the U.S. Bank Report.
  • Watch: Ups and downs of Tiger's first round

    Tiger Woods made his return to competition on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge and shot 1-over 73. He started with four birdies over his first eight holes, but double bogeyed two of his final three holes. Here's a look at some of the highs and lows of his round:
    Par-4 first: Opening tee shot:
    And ... he's off.Tiger Woods makes par at his first hole of 2016. #QuickHits https://t.co/HKlqzJEvic— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 1, 2016
    Par-5 third: First competitive birdie in nearly 16 months
  • Watch: Spieth chips in for eagle, then chips in again

    Jordan Spieth doesn't appear to be having trouble with those tight, grainy lies around the greens at Albany.
    After going over the green at the par-5 ninth in his opening round, Spieth took the high road with this pitch shot for eagle:The eagle-3 got Spieth back to 1 under at the turn. 
    Apparently unsatisfied with just one chip-in, he responded to a bogey at the 12th with this play at the par-4 13th.Spieth is in search of his second World Challenge win after taking this event in a runaway at
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