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The long Thanksgiving weekend is over, everyone has returned to work and live tournament golf is back on TV as the limited-field, star-studded Hero World Challenge tees off Thursday in the Bahamas.

The field was permanently expanded to 20 players this year, up from 18. Also new in 2021: the winner of the Players Championship earns a spot in the Hero field, bringing Justin Thomas into the fold. Collin Morikawa is making his Hero debut. Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele is in the event and he’s paired in the first round with the 2016 gold medal winner, Justin Rose.

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who squared off last Friday in Vegas in Capital One’s: The Match, are also playing.

Hosted by Tiger Woods, the 2020 event was canceled because of the COVID pandemic. Henrik Stenson won the event in 2019. Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas is the venue once again.

Woods was on site and held a news conference on Tuesday, his first since his single-car accident in February in Los Angeles.

After a first-round 66, Rory McIlroy is among the co-leaders heading into Friday.

This will be the sixth time the tournament is held in the Bahamas. The Hero World Challenge benefits the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation, and Bahamas Youth Foundation.

All times listed are ET.

10:55 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Harris English 11:06 a.m. Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth 11:17 a.m. Scottie Scheffler, Sam Burns 11:28 a.m. Xander Schauffle, Matt Fitzpatrick 11:39 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Bryson DeChambeau 11:50 a.m. Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa 12:01 p.m. Tony Finau, Patrick Reed 12:12 p.m. Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka 12:23 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson 12:34 p.m. Daniel Berger, Abraham Ancer

TV information

Golf Channel: 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 4

Golf Channel: 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET NBC: 2:30-5 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec.5

Golf Channel: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET NBC: 1-4 p.m. ET

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