Jon Rahm wins in Bahamas, ends year with 3 titles

Spain's Jon Rahm hits from the fourth tee during the last round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau Bahamas Sunday Dec. 2 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.

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. "I took care of the par 5s, and on this golf course, that's what you have to do to play well".

"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotional, most important moment of my golf career", said Rahm, 24, who has been ranked as high as second in the world in his still young career.

Woods laughed and offered some passing advice, "He told me it's all about feel", Rahm recalled.

Finau took advantage of his power to birdie four of the five par-fives but it was a deft touch at the par-four 18th that impressed as much as anything else he did.

This Sunday, Rahm won the sixth pro career title beating back a star-studded field by four shots on his debut at the Hero World Challenge. Gary Woodland had a 67 and, after being over par midway through the opening round, suddenly was just two shots behind.

"I hope I keep winning three times every year", Rahm said.




Though his playing is done for the year, Woods can not relax just yet.

He added, "Also, the Sunday of the PGA my grandpa had just passed as soon as I finished". The five-time champion cut a sorry figure at the bottom of the board as he ended the day with a 72 that left him 11 shots back.

He'll be there for three days as part of his preparations as the USA Presidents Cup Team Captain ahead of the staging of the biennial event last next year.

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?" He dropped to one knee to pop the ball back to the grass, came up just short of the green, chipped weakly and made double bogey for a 69.

He said, "I think I've seen every video on YouTube about Seve and Tiger". "I know I can play now, and I know I can win". I know he's up there with my grandpa telling him everything about golf even though Seve knows a little bit. "The only thing I would say could use some improvement is just maybe making a few more putts".

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

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

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