2022 Hero World Challenge leaderboard, points: Tom Kim shares the lead with three others with the stars lurking in the Bahamas

The best player of one generation had to withdraw from the Hero World Challenge earlier this week, but the best player of another generation is perhaps leading the golf tournament after Round 1. Tiger Woods watched from the television booth as Tom Kim was shot on Thursday. After the first day of this consecutive tournament in the Bahamas, Sepp Straka will take the lead with Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland in the 3rd Under-69 Championship.

Let’s take a look at Kim’s tour and who will be chasing her at Albany Golf Club for the next three days.

leaders

T1. Tom Kim, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Sepp Straka (-3): On a windy day off the Pacific Ocean, the gunners gleamed. And while exaggerating that Kim is the best actress of her generation, she also immortality He had the cleanest card of the day with 15 pars and three birdies as he sought his third win since August.

It’s fair to say no one knew who Tom Kim was eight months (or maybe even five months ago) and now he’s on the verge of three OWGR wins in the last five months of the year, including an event hosted by Tiger Woods.

“I am very grateful for that,” he said. “I certainly don’t take it lightly, and I’m extremely grateful to be 20 years old and play on the PGA Tour. But I worked really hard for it and enjoy every moment there, so it’s really fun.”

Other contestants

5. Sam Burns (-2)

T6. Tommy Fleetwood, Max Homa (-1)

T9. Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler (E)

As you can see from Thursday’s score – which golf course was as hard as it could be), this board was picked up and there should be a ton of action on Friday and Saturday through Sunday. Fleetwood interests me here, and not just because it’s one of my picks for the week. He’s been as hot as anyone in the world for the last few months (three out of five in his last three starts) and he could handle it. some year-end momentum what I believe could be a monstrous 2023.

JT’s card, it should be noted, was a beautiful disaster. Six birds balanced with two bogeys and two couples. Add them all and get an even 72. He’s still in the mix.

Morikawa’s salvation

This time last year, the recently married Collin Morikawa took the lead by six strokes in the final round of this event. With a win, he would become the world’s #1 player. He lost, Hovland won, and Morikawa has yet to reach that top. He won’t be able to do that this week, but after a year where he feels like he’s answering a ton of questions about what’s wrong with his game (answer: nothing), it would be sweet for him to sign the deal in his first game. win of the year.

“I got engaged last year, came back as a married man, really [is a special place to me]”It’s a great place to be in the Bahamas at the beginning of December, and frankly, I hope to finish this season on a good grade, it’s like giving everything you have. 2022 has been a weird year for me, a weird year for golf, but hopefully we can turn that around,” Morikawa said. And towards the end of the year, we might slowly start to see some things.”

2022 Hero World Challenge odds, selections

  • Viktor Hovland: 13/2
  • Collin Morikawa: 7-1
  • Tom Kim: 7-1
  • Jon Rahm: 10-1
  • Tony Finau: 11-1
  • Sam Burns: 11-1
  • Scottie Scheffler: 11-1

Rahm deserves and gets tons of respect after shooting his 1 out of 73 shot. You could argue that you’ve been the best player in the world for the past four months. I would prefer someone a little lower than the board though. Despite a good start, Fleetwood is still 18-1 and playing with him is worth more than Morikawa, Hovland or Rahm. Finau at 11-1 is also slyly beautiful after his year (and fall).

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