Jon Rahm strong in final round to win the Hero World Challenge

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

Tiger Woods avoided a penalty on the 18th hole during the second round at the Hero World Challenge as Jon Rahm produced a brilliant performance to move into a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson.

Finau admitted the double at 14th proved to be decisive.

Rose, 38, who was five shots off the lead in a share of eighth going into the final round, holed a putt from off the green at the 11th for his fourth birdie of the day.

That makes two full years as a pro for the 24-year-old Spaniard, each with three victories worldwide.

And in some respects, it was a fitting end. While it was a somewhat poor end to the year - finishing second to last at one under par, 19 strokes behind victor Jon Rahm - 2018 was far from a failure for Woods. But neither had a chance of keeping up with Rahm on Sunday.

Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career. "It means so much to play against Tiger".

"A couple of months later to win his foundation's event, this is really special".

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England's Justin Rose shot a 65 on Sunday to finish third, one stroke behind Finau. It's a testament to the good scoring conditions, with all but two players under par in the second round - Reed and Bubba Watson, who had a 73. Rose has one more event left in two weeks at the Indonesia Masters.

Tiger Woods took three shots from just off the green at the par-5 third hole-chipping is tough on everyone at Albany-for a double bogey and a ragged start that never got much better until a few late birdies salvaged a 72.

Recalling the whole incident and the match, Rahm said, "Then on the last putt right before I hit it, somebody in Spanish yelled, "Do it for Seve", at the top of his lungs".

Smith finished at 16-under-par for the tournament after a final round 70. Leishman, trying to win on home soil for the first time, shot 69. It is just titles for now, soon it will be Majors and the World No. 1 ranking. The victory Sunday enables him to crack the top 30.

"This entire year has been incredible", Woods said after the tournament. "I haven't played a lot of golf, though. That's what I want to do".

The tournament is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Waiting for Woods as he headed to the scorer's hut was PGA Tour rules official Mark Watson, who advised officials wanted to look at video review of the shot at 18 after questions as to whether the ball stayed on the club too long.

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