Spieth, Day headline Hero World Challenge field


The Hero World Challenge announced its field Wednesday, with defending champ Jordan Spieth and world No. 1 Jason Day headlining the 18-man event.

Spieth, who is making his season debut this week in China, won in a 10-shot rout last year in Windermere, Fla. Day is currently at home in Ohio with his wife, Ellie, who is expected to give birth to the couple's second child this month. His appearance in the Bahamas will be his first competitive start since the Presidents Cup.

Spieth and Day will be joined in Albany by Zach Johnson, meaning all of the major winners from this year will be present.

The limited field will also include Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas, all of whom helped the U.S. to victory last month in Korea. Also participating are Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama and Anirban Lahiri, all of whom were a part of the International squad at the Presidents Cup.

Rounding out the field are Bahamas resident Justin Rose, fellow Englishman Paul Casey, and Americans Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel.

Tournament host Tiger Woods will be unable to participate because of recent back surgery, but he is expected to make an appearance at the event, held Dec. 3-6.

Albany will be hosting the event for the first time, joining Grayhawk Golf Club (1999), Sherwood Country Club (2000-2013) and Isleworth Country Club (2014) as venues in the event's 16-year history.