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Star-studded Hero field announced

Four of the top five ranked players in the world are among the 16 players confirmed for Tiger Woods’ invite-only Hero World Challenge that will take place in the Bahamas Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The Hero World Challenge is a no-cut event and where Woods began his latest comeback last year following a fourth back procedure.

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No. 1 Justin Rose leads a field that includes Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler.

Bubba Watson and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, previous winners of the event, are also in the field. Watson is one of nine players from Team USA’s Ryder Cup roster this year. Team Europe will have four representatives: Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren and Jon Rahm.

Other invites include former No. 1 Jason Day, Masters champion Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele and Webb Simpson. Two unconfirmed spots remain in the 18-player event, where Fowler is the reigning champion. Woods tied for ninth at 8 under.

Woods’ next competition is slated to be “The Match” against Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas, the pay-per-view event with a $9 million winner-takes-all prize.

Woods turned down a $3 million offer to play in next year’s Saudi International, according to a report by The Telegraph. The event follows the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic to kick off the European Tour schedule.

2018 Hero World Challenge field:

Justin Rose
Dustin Johnson
Justin Thomas
Bryson DeChambeau
Jon Rahm
Rickie Fowler
Tommy Fleetwood
Jason Day
Xander Schauffele
Tiger Woods
Tony Finau
Bubba Watson
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Alex Noren
Hideki Matsuyama

–Field Level Media

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