Jon Rahm breezes to Hero World Challenge title

Ross Houston
December 5, 2018

Rahm started the final round tied with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson but turned it into a one-horse race with a seven-birdie seven-under-par 65 at Albany on the island of New Providence.

Finau was the last challenger until the 14th hole, when he went from a sandy area to a bunker and over the green, leading to double bogey.

Finau, meanwhile, cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career at No. 9.

Rahm received the Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, CEO and MD of HeroMotoCorp and takes home a cheque of one million dollars.

In just over two-and-a-half years, including two full seasons in 2017 and 2018, Rahm, 24, has won six titles, two on the PGA Tour, three on European Tour and now this specially sanctioned PGA Tour event, the Hero World Challenge.

Englishman Justin Rose (65) was another shot back in third.

Tournament host Tiger Woods signed for a 72 to bring up the rear in the 18-man field. As for Stenson, the Swede was 2 under on the day after the front nine, but had bookend bogeys on the back nine and finished with a 1-under 71.

Noren was two-over par after 10 holes and then after a birdie on 12 he completed his closing five holes in weird manner - birdie (14), eagle (15), triple-bogey (16), ace (17) and birdie (18) in a score of 70 that put him tied for eighth on eight-under.

Clearly, Rahm was pleased with his progress in the first two years of his career.

But the tournament is wide open, and more than one player referenced Rickie Fowler's 61 a year ago to win.

He added, "Also, the Sunday of the PGA my grandpa had just passed as soon as I finished". Ask Tiger how many.

"When I'm playing well, I feel like I can score on any golf course, especially a course that has five par-fives".

He said, "I think I've seen every video on YouTube about Seve and Tiger". "But I don't think they did previous year, and Rickie shot 11 under, right?"

"That's what you have to do to play well, so I was able to do that today. If I can keep winning three times every year, yeah, I'll be extremely happy". Finau was his final challenger until he took double bogey on the par-4 14th hole as Rahm made birdie for a five-shot lead, and the rest was easy. "He played incredible golf, and he deserved to win this week".

Rose could not end the year with the world No.1 ranking as Finau birdied the final hole which pushed him to third.

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