Andy Swales supplies course and current form stats ahead of Wednesday's opening round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Resort ...
"Rahm tees-up on a course which certainly suits his game and he won’t have the distraction of trying to impress captain Tiger ahead of next week’s Presidents Cup match Down Under."
With the 2019 Presidents Cup match just over one week away, the Hero World Challenge takes on a greater significance this year.
All 12 members of the American team are teeing-up in Wednesday's opening round, hoping to discover their A-game before travelling to Melbourne for the three-day match against an International dozen.
US skipper Tiger Woods is also tournament host, with the proceeds from this event being shared between his own charitable Foundation and the One Bahamas Fund.
This week's event, which once again comprises a select 18-man field, is being staged at Albany in The Bahamas, a luxury resort which opened nine years ago.
Designed by Ernie Els, the course has plenty of sand and scrub, while combining links and desert features into the same layout.
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Water comes into play on five holes and, because of its fairly generous fairways, it is the perfect venue for the big-hitter with a hot putter.
This will be the fifth time the tournament has been played at Albany Resort, which is located close to the south-east coastline of New Providence Island.
New Providence is situated around 25 miles east of the main island of Bahamas, and around 180 miles from the coast of Florida.
Fourteen members of the world's top 25 have accepted invitations, with even the player who finishes 18th and last guaranteed a six-figure cheque, as long as they complete 72 holes.
Fifteen of the 18 are Americans, with the sole outsiders being Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and defending champion Jon Rahm.
The latter has won his last two tournaments - albeit seven weeks apart - and when he's hot, he's hot.
The recently-turned 25-year-old Spaniard has won nine times in just over 35 months, with all of these victories coming on either the PGA or European tours.
He tees-up on a course which certainly suits his game and he won't have the distraction of trying to impress captain Tiger ahead of next week's Presidents Cup match Down Under.
Shaking Off The Rust
Two of those taking part - Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler - haven't played competitively since the Tour Championship in August.
Despite being world No 4, Johnson has endured his poorest run for a few years and his frustrating wait for a second major title goes on.
Fowler, meanwhile, still without a major crown, has won just once in 24 months and was also a late call-up to the American Presidents Cup team following the withdrawal of Brooks Koepka because of injury.
He does, however, possess a strong record at this course. In four visits he's won once, stood on the podium on two other occasions and has a scoring average of 67.9 from his 16 rounds here.
With the Presidents Cup just around the corner and, with this week's unofficial event often viewed as being a lucrative end of season jolly for the game's leading pros, it's difficult to work out what exactly a player's mindset will be during the tournament.
In addition to the three Europeans taking part, the American trio of Kevin Kisner, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth will also not be travelling to Australia early next week.
Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive
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