Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Despite poor finish, Tiger Woods' 2018 finale can't dampen his season

Despite poor finish, Tiger Woods' 2018 finale can't dampen his season

Tony Finau shot a five-under 67 to move into a three-way tie for the lead at the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club, where Tiger Woods is languishing in last place. Stenson couldn't get his game going, missed a lot of putts, while Finau had a fatal double bogey on Par-4 14th, where Rahm had a bogey and that three-shot swing saw the lead become five and the battle was more or less over. "I made a mistake there on 17, but overall it was a long week".

Woods got off to another rough start, rallied on the back nine and had to settle for a 1-over 73 to finish 17th against the 18-man field.

Jon Rahm grew up idolizing Tiger Woods, so earlier this fall during the Tour Championship he made the most of an opportunity.

Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm—along with Tony Finau—set up a wide-open conclusion that could feature more than half the 18-man field
Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm—along with Tony Finau—set up a wide-open conclusion that could feature more than half the 18-man field

"On days like today, I just didn't really think about my swing", he said. The last threat to his title melted away on the 14th hole, when he birdied while Finau carded a double bogey, opening up a five-shot lead for the eventual victor.

The former world number one hit his last competitive stroke of 2018 at his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday.

Gary Woodland, who was over par toward the end of his opening round, had a 67 and suddenly is only two shots behind.

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

Finau was left second for the fourth time this year, knocking yet again on the door, which does not seem to be opening but will surely yield soon after an awesome year for the American, who is part-Tongan and part-Samoan by origin.

Rahm's victory is unofficial on the PGA Tour, though the tournament awarded world ranking points. Patrick Cantlay was 12 shots better than Saturday, closing with a 64 to tie for fifth with defending champion Rickie Fowler.

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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? But I don't think he believed me". He made birdie on all seven of those holes Sunday. Finally, I started to get my energy back and started to feel a little bit better.

"[Woods] was like, 'That's a pretty good performance for somebody who can't putt on Bermuda greens, '" said Rahm, who was given the trophy by the tournament host. He said, "I also use it as a learning curve because you can learn all these great things that all these great players have done, and use them for yourself". That was just too much for my body to handle and I was not physically prepared for it.

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