Luxury resort Albany hosting Tiger's Hero WC

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NASSAU, Bahamas – Limited field, guaranteed cash and world ranking points – and some pretty nice views. Those are on offer this week at the Hero World Challenge.

The 18-player field will compete for the first time at the eponymous Albany Championship Golf Course at the site of the luxury resort. Tiger Woods, whose foundation is the primary benefactor of the tournament, owns part of the community on the west side of the island. He also represents host Hero MotoCorp.

Woods is not playing this week, as he’s recovering from recent back surgery.

This is the 17th edition of the event, first won by Tom Lehman in 1999 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The tournament has also been contested at Sherwood Country Club (2000-13) and Isleworth Golf & Country Club (2014).

Woods has won his event five times, but it was Jordan Spieth who routed the field last year to the tune of a 10-stroke victory. 

The purse is $3.5 million, with the winner getting $1,000,000 and last place receiving $100,000.

Click here to check out tee times for the opening round, beginning Thursday.