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After sharing the overnight lead with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm put on a display with seven birdies in the final round to win the Hero World Challenge by 4 strokes in the Bahamas.
This tournament was hosted by Tiger Woods and in an 18 man field who included Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Woods himself, Rahm was just too good for the field.
“Ball-striking wise, it’s pretty much about where I want it to be,” said Rahm. “It was about as perfect as it could have been today. I played so solid tee to green. I didn’t make any mistakes. If you can capitalize on the five par-5s and the two drivable par-4s, which I did on all of them today, you’re going to have a good chance.”
“Jordan Spieth won this event and went on to win two majors the next year,” Rahm noted, “so I hope it does the same thing for me as well.”
Justin Rose also had an opportunity to claim the world number 1 ranking again if he finished in second but a birdie on the final hole by Finau just pipped him out of second spot. Rose was five shots off the lead going into the final round and finished with a solid 64.
After the round Rose said “Yeah, you know, it's not a huge goal for me, but when you have these opportunities you want to take them. Obviously anytime you get to number one you want to stay there. It's a nice feeling,”
“I have other goals next season rather than just focusing on the number one spot. The number one spot's always a by-product of achieving probably your other goals, to be honest.”
Although finishing in 17th place, Woods had a remarkable year. He started his comeback this time last year at the same event and was ranked 1199 in the world. After finishing his round at the Hero World Challenge he will finish ranked 14th in the world.
“It was an incredible year, to go from where I was at this point last year to where I am now,” Woods, 42, said before heading to Australia to promote next year’s Presidents Cup, where he will serve as U.S. captain. “To have the ability to actually play and compete again in the game and do it consistently is quite amazing.”