Woods avoids penalty as Rahm & Stenson share Hero World Challenge lead

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Jon Rahm coasted to victory on Sunday, shooting a 7-under-par 65 to finish four strokes ahead of Tony Finau and win the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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.

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

Tiger Woods is overdoing his role as gracious tournament host.

Woods was hopeful of much better considering how he struck the ball, though he missed plenty of chances.

"There are days or weeks that they don't cooperate, so that's just part of the injuries I've gone through and aging".

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.

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. "We play a lot of golf courses on the PGA TOUR where there's only two or three, so to be able to have those couple extra par-5s, you just know you're going to have some opportunities to score and I've been able to take advantage of those opportunities on those par 5s". "I just want to know".

"It's definitely not alarming, for sure", said Woods, in his first 72-hole event since winning the Tour Championship. Stenson finished fourth at 14 under while Cantlay and fellow American Rickie Fowler tied for fifth at 13 under.

"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.

Stenson and Finau are going for their first victory of the year, even though this holiday event is not attached to any tour and is considered unofficial except for the world ranking points, which are more than four of the domestic events in the fall on the PGA Tour.

"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career", Rahm said. "If I'm hitting really solid drives and have short irons in, it's hard not to be aggressive". 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. 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.

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