Tiger Woods is undoubtedly going to be a playing captain when he leads the American Presidents Cup team to Australia in December to take on Ernie Els’ Internationals squad at Royal Melbourne.
For Woods, the Presidents Cup poses a problem for his Hero World Challenge. The elite field, made up of only players in the world top 50, would convene in the Bahamas with many of the players in the 18-man field set to play in the Presidents Cup the next week.
In response, Woods and his TGR Live tournament management team have moved the dates for the 2019 Hero World Challenge to conclude on a Saturday. The 2019 edition will go from Wednesday, December 4 to Saturday, December 7. This will give players on the Presidents Cup teams an additional day to get to Melbourne and start preparing for the matches. The 2019 Presidents Cup will be played Dec. 12-15, with ceremonies and practice rounds starting on December 9.
“I am looking forward to hosting the 2019 Hero World Challenge at Albany and beginning two weeks of international competition,” Woods said in a release announcing the dates.
There’s a strong possibility the American team will take a charter from Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, site of the event, to Melbourne — or at least the Americans playing in the Hero who will also be representing the United States.
Jon Rahm won the 2018 Hero World Challenge, but an American player has won four of the last six editions of the event, making it likely the Hero trophy will be heading to Australia on a charter.