Adam Scott asks the impossible: Don’t cheer for Tiger Woods

Shackelford Tiger Woods is all smiles at Hero unlike some past years	
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Shackelford Tiger Woods is all smiles at Hero unlike some past years Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Tiger Woods is getting some dress rehearsals in the matter of donning two hats.

The 25-year-old will be looking to become the first player since Woods, in 2005 and 2006, to win the Hero World Challenge in successive years.

Eleven of the 12 players in the United States side, including playing captain Woods, are teeing up in this week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, the odd one out being Dustin Johnson, who is having another week of physical therapy after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery following the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta in September.

"I didn't putt well today", said Woods after his round.

He admitted that he would also take the chance to fine-tune his American team before next week's Presidents Cup meeting with the global team.

"We have some things we need to run through with the guys, some ideas", Woods said. I'm still playing, too, so I gotta practice, I gotta train, lifting. I'm trying to help them be in the best possible position to go earn points. Else, he ensures that they do.

The field included all but one member of the 12-player U.S. team that will compete at Royal Melbourne - with Dustin Johnson skipping the week as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. Matt Kuchar is the one workforce member not taking part in with a teammate after Dustin Johnson withdrew to offer his surgically-repaired left knee yet another week off earlier than heading to Australia. "But while we appreciate them very much, we don't have to cheer for them".

"It's great that the guys were able to come here and play", Woods stated. "It's a busy two weeks for the guys that are here".

"He's won here before (in 2017), so he knows what he needs to do to get ready for this week and shake off a little bit of rust if he has any and be ready to go in two weeks".

Woods noted the tight schedule filled with activities once the team arrives in Australia on Monday morning, with only two full days of practice before the competition begins on December 12.

Despite the Woods and the US-centric discussions, Spaniard Jon Rahm, who always draws comparison to his legendary countryman, Seve Ballesteros, is also attracting a lot of attention.

Although Woods has won this tournament five times, he'd not fared particularly great in the 18-player field in three previous appearances. That's how we win cups.

"The tournament purse is Dollars 3.5 million and the victor gets USD 1 million".

The European Tour and golfers who travel to the event have come under increasing scrutiny in the previous year over playing in Saudi Arabia in light of the country's human rights record. He claimed he will not get distracted by his upcoming marriage. It's a happy occasion, it's a joyful occasion, so it's not like my mind's going to wander.

"I do feel like there's guys that I know better and that I've played with more and I feel like there is a better fit when it comes to that", he added.

Local resident Justin Rose also handed in a colourful card, with seven birdies and four bogeys adding up to a 68 which was matched by Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.