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YEAR IN REVIEW When 2014 Hero World Challenge winner Jordan Spieth saw Albany for the first time, he predicted long-ball hitter Bubba Watson would love its links-style layout because the course seems so open from the tees. On the third day of last year’s tournament, Spieth couldn’t have been more prescient with his statement. With the championship course as still as a low tide, Watson tamed the par-72, 7,400-yard layout when he birdied seven holes and holed out a 7-iron from about 168 yards on No. 4 for eagle. His stellar round of 9-under 63 matched the course record – set by Englishmen Justin Rose and Paul Casey just minutes earlier – and earned Watson a two-shot lead going into the final round. Staked to a two-shot cushion, Watson made four more birdies in seven holes on the final day and was never seriously challenged from that point forward – coasting to a 6-under 66 and a three-shot victory over Patrick Reed. The 2015 Hero World Challenge was the first to be held on the Ernie Els-designed course at Albany, and this year’s field looks forward to the challenge ahead on this gem in The Bahamas.

HERO WORLD CHALLENGE MAGAZINE

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2016 Hero World Challenge  

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