Rahm breezes to Hero World Challenge title


At the end of the third round at Albany Golf Club, Finau and Rahm were each holding a two-shot lead atop the leaderboard at 13-under along with Henrik Stenson.

Sweden's Stenson and Spain's Rahm, who shared the overnight lead, couldn't be separated at the close of day three in signing for three-under par 69s while American Finau birdied both the 15th and 16th holes in a round of 67 to join his European Ryder Cup-winning rivals. Rahm, making his first trip to the Bahamas for this event, figured out early that the key to scoring at Albany were the five par 5s and two reachable par 4s. "Overall it was a long week".

Even though this tournament takes place outside of the heart of golf season, and only features an 18-player field, the win was still special for Rahm thanks in large part because the event was hosted by Tiger Woods.

Jon Rahm claimed victory at the 2018 Hero World Challenge in style on Sunday, finishing four strokes clear. "I didn't feel I made contact twice being such a small, little ball strike in hitting it sideways there", Woods said.

However, Woods had problems with his putter, missing four putts from within 12 feet on the first eight holes and, despite five birdies, his round ended in controversy at the last.

Tiger Woods appeared to be headed for an ugly finish to an ugly week on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, where he went out in 40 to fall all the way to two over for the tournament.

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Like Finau, Gary Woodland also shot a five-under 67 to move to 11 under and outright fourth.

Rahm, who bogeyed two par-3s, said, "Besides those two holes, I played really, really solid, good golf, great off the tee, good ball-striking".

As for Fowler, he had a 67 to pull within three shots. I didn't miss a shot the last three days, it's as simple as that.

He went on saying, as if it was all happening right in from of him all over again: "When I hit it and it went in, I mean, it's all that feeling, right?" "But I don't think they did previous year, and Rickie shot 11 under, right?" It's a disappointing end to a successful comeback for Woods, who won the Tour Championship but struggled to keep dropped shots off his card - including a double bogey on the 18th on Friday that saw him at the center of a rules issue.

"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on pgatour.com. I didn't play quite as good as past year, but I was still really good.

"I added two degrees of loft in my putter after Thursday and then went out and shot 64 yesterday with it and so I chose to keep it", he said.