Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in the Bahamas
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 06, 2018,
Dec 06, 2018, 1:04
Starting in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey on the par-3 eighth hole, and the Spaniard never trailed the rest of the day at Albany Golf Club.
Rahm took a two-shot lead to the back nine with a 4-hybrid to 12 feet on the par-five ninth that set up a two-putt birdie, and he held his own until Finau's double bogey.
"When I'm playing well, I feel like I can score on any golf course, especially a course that has five par 5s", Finau said. She had no idea about golf and I would make her watch all the highlights of Tiger.
Swede Stenson faded with a 71 to finish six shots back in fourth place in the elite 18-man field.
The 2018 season had been "incredible", Tiger Woods said on Sunday after completing his final round of the year.
"On days like today, I just didn't really think about my swing", he said.
Finau was the last challenger, until the 14th hole when he went from a sandy area to a bunker and over the green, leading to a double bogey.
Jon Rahm turned the final round of the Hero World Challenge into a victory procession, surging to a four-stroke win in the Bahamas on Sunday. He hit it so well off the tee but he had no choice but to stay aggressive and attack flags, and there's no reason to stop now in his final event of the year with five players separated by just two shots.
He was in last place, 11 shots out of the lead.
Finau was left second for the fourth time this year, knocking yet again on the door, which does not seem to be opening but will surely yield soon after an awesome year for the American, who is part-Tongan and part-Samoan by origin. The day prior, Rahm, too, had expressed his satisfaction at capitalising "on the easier holes", and the Spaniard reiterated the victor was likely to emerge from whoever did that best on Sunday. I was just trying to hit it sideways there. Rickie Fowler also had a 67, and suddenly the defending champion is back in the mix at three shots behind.
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?"
"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on pgatour.com. He said - "don't even worry, you played great, and I started crying in front of Tiger and kind of - it was such an emotional moment". "I just have not done a very good job this week of playing clean and keeping my rounds going like I should and could have". He made birdie on all seven of those holes Sunday.
Tournament host Woods finished second-last, a distant 19 strokes behind Rahm.