2017 Hero World Challenge preview: Favorites to win
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2017 Hero World Challenge preview: Favorites to win

Dustin Johnson, right, shakes hands with Jordan Spieth after winning The Northern Trust golf tournament over Spieth on a playoff hole on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Old Westbury, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

On Thursday, the 2017 Hero World Challenge will start at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

The annual golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods and benefiting his foundation features the best golf pros in the world. The 2016 Hero World Challenge was won last year by Japanese golfer, Hideki Matsuyama, ending a three-year reign of American golf pros as event winners.

On the eve of the event, many people are wondering who will win the challenge this year.

Dustin Johnson: Since his win at the Genesis Open back in February, Johnson has held onto the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking. Johnson is a regular player on the PGA Tour and has garnered several honors over the course of his career. Among these include winning the 2016 US Open, as well as earning five World Golf Championships. Some bookmakers have Johnson’s chance of winning at 13-to-2 (+650).

Jordan Spieth: The 2014 winner of the Hero World Challenge by 10 strokes, Spieth is again considered to have a good shot at taking another win. Also a member of the PGA Tour, Spieth is a three-time major winner. He was named as one of the most influential people in the April 2016 issue of Time Magazine. As the 2017 Hero World Challenge approaches, sportsbooks have Spieth’s chances set at 6-to-1.

Tiger Woods: Woods will be participating in his charity’s event again this year. This will be Woods’s first official event since having back surgery seven months ago. Given his hiatus from the sport, booksmakers have Woods’s chance of winning at a long shot: 50-to-1. Placing a wager on Woods could result in a big payout if he should win.

With the Hero World Challenge slated to feature 18 of the best golfers, will the results be expected or will one golfer surprisingly emerge from the pack to take the win? If you do wish to place a bet, you can check out online bookmakers or casinos to place a wager on the upcoming golfing event and you can also play various games while you are there as well.

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