Getty Images One week has elapsed since the PGA Tour's official calendar year ended, and there's already another event. It happens to be a good one as the 2021 Hero World Challenge takes place in the Bahamas with Tiger Woods as host and many of the best golfers in the world -- including Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa -- in attendance. This is the last event of 2021 for pretty much everyone in this field and our last chance to see the best in the world until Kapalua and the Tournament of Champions in a month. Morikawa in particular has an opportunity to close the year strong as the world's top golfer, while there's a solid purse on the line for a limited field. Let's take a closer look at this week's contest with odds provided via Caesars Sportsbook. Event information Event: Hero World Challenge | Dates: Dec. 2-5 Location: Albany Golf Course -- Albany, New Providence, Bahamas Par: 72 | Purse: $3.5 million Three things to know . . .
Getty Images The last 10 days have provided a total roller coaster of emotions when it comes to Tiger Woods. A year that has been mostly devoid of his name in the headlines has now been marked at the end by a compression of information that engenders all kinds of thoughts, feelings and opinions. On Nov. 21, Woods posted a video of him hitting a short iron on a range, which was the firs time the broader public had seen him on video since his horrific car accident at the end of February. On Monday an interview with Golf Digest dropped, and Woods seemed almost pensive about the present and nearly dismissive about the future. He said he didn't have to scale Mount Everest again and opined about chirping birds and the feel of laying down on the grass in his backyard. "I can still participate in the game of golf," Woods told Golf Digest . "I can still, if my leg gets OK, I can still click off a tournament here or there. But as far as climbing the mountain again and getting . . .
Getty Images For the third consecutive time since September's Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy is threatening to win a golf tournament. McIlroy won the CJ Cup in October and nearly pulled off the DP World Tour Championship Dubai in November. Now he shares the Hero World Challenge lead at 6 under alongside Abraham Ancer and Daniel Berger. McIlroy said after his round that his game feels sharp and has maintained that he found something after that Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. "The three starts since the Ryder Cup have been really good, I've shot some good, low scores," he said. "Yeah, the game's feeling a lot better and it's just another ... chance to get into contention and feel that, you know, whatever it is you feel on Sunday when you're trying to win a golf tournament." After going out in just 35 with three birdies and a double, McIlroy was flawless on the back and made an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th. He's obviously always a threat to win any tournament he enters, but his game is . . .