Tiger Woods announces loaded field for Hero World Challenge

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The 2018 Hero World Challenge, hosted by Tiger Woods in the Bahamas from Nov. 29-Dec. 2, will be must-watch golf as four of the top five players in the world and 16 of the top 23 were named to the field Thursday.

The tournament features 18 players.  Two sponsor exemptions, which will be announced in the coming weeks, will fill out the 18-player field.

2018 Hero World Challenge field

Player World Ranking
Justin Rose 1
Dustin Johnson 3
Justin Thomas 4
Bryson DeChambeau 5
Jon Rahm 8
Rickie Fowler 9
Tommy Fleetwood 10
Jason Day 11
Xander Schauffele 12
Tiger Woods 13
Tony Finau 15
Bubba Watson 16
Patrick Reed 17
Webb Simpson 20
Alex Noren 21
Hideki Matsuyama 23

Notable omissions from the field include Jordan Spieth, who won this event in 2014, and Brooks Koepka, the No. 2 golfer in the world.

Fowler won the 2017 edition of the Hero World Challenge, while Woods finished ninth.