Rahm cruises to emphatic Hero World Challenge success

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.

Finau recovered from an early bogey to card a five-under-par 67 at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. I played so solid tee to green, didn't make any mistakes.

Tournament host Tiger Woods signed for a 72 to bring up the rear in the 18-man field.

Even with his individual trophies, no moment for Rahm will top facing Tiger Woods in the Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup and beating him on the 17th hole, putting the first point on the board for Europe that day. "I didn't feel I made contact twice being such a small, little ball strike in hitting it sideways there", Woods said.

Woods eventually walked off with a double-bogey six that, after a flawless prior 17 holes, left him with a three-under par 69 for a two-under par total.

Speaking at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Woods said his desire was as strong as ever but acknowledged that his middle-aged and much-operated-on body was not able to do all the things his younger self could.

At 13-under 203, the trio headed Gary Woodland by two strokes with one round remaining at the tournament, which boasts a strong field but is not an official PGA Tour money event. But neither had a chance of keeping up with Rahm on Sunday.

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. "There's no way them two are going to allow me to miss this putt". "I just want to know. But I don't think he believed me really".

Australian Jason Day shot a 70 on Saturday to be tied for 16th at three under. I've kept saying it the same way.

Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, said: "Basically it [the rulebook] says if the player did not know that he did that and the only way you can tell that is by using this type of slow-motion technology, he's exempt from the rules". 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". I didn't play quite as good as previous year, but I was still really good. 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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