Rahm runs away to win World Hero Challenge

Grant SmithDec 06, 2018

Rahm started the final round tied with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson but turned it into a one-horse race with a seven-birdie seven-under-par 65 at Albany on the island of New Providence.

Yet it was Finau who pulled ahead first, carding back to back birdies on the second and third holes to grab a one-shot lead over Stenson and Rahm, before handing that back at the next with a dropped shot on the fourth. And with five par 5s and a pair of reachable par 4s at Albany Golf Club, plenty of birdies should be available.

"I'll try and make it to the finish line", Stenson said.

There are two ways to look at matchup bets for the elite-field 18-man Hero World Challenge: Either we can become hyper-focused on such a small group of players or it can be tougher than usual because so many studs are playing head-to-head.

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.

The episode wasn't lost on either Woods or Rahm on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, where the Spaniard rolled to a four-shot victory at Albany, which has Bermuda grass greens.

"I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it's definitely the next goal", Smith said.

"That's just part of the injuries I've had and the aging process and trying to deal with that and compete".

Australian Jason Day shot a 70 on Saturday to be tied for 16th at three under. I think whoever plays the par-5s, 7 through 14, with the better score's going to have a chance because the rest of the holes are birdiable. 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 didn't miss a shot the last three days, it's as simple as that.

"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on pgatour.com. I've kept saying it the same way. 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".

Rahm endured no such drama as he posted the best round of the tournament with a blemish-free nine-under 63. So I guess I should be a little bit fresher than some of my colleagues who call me from Hong Kong or somewhere else at this point.

Tournament host Woods finished second-last, a distant 19 strokes behind Rahm.

"That's what you have to do to play well, so I was able to do that today".

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