Jon Rahm strong in final round to win the Hero World Challenge

Spain's Jon Rahm hits from the fourth tee during the last round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau Bahamas Sunday Dec. 2 2018

Rahm cruises to emphatic Hero World Challenge success

Jon Rahm closed the week with another error-free 65 to coast to a four-shot victory, becoming the first Spaniard to win the Hero World Challenge here.

Rahm started the final day in a three-way tie with Finau and Henrik Stenson, but pulled away on the back nine to finish at 20-under-par for the tournament and secure his third victory of 2018.

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. 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.

Tournament host Tiger Woods signed for a 72 to bring up the rear in the 18-man field. It was the second-best round of the tournament, bettered only by Rahm's second-round 63.

Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career.

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"I pretty much started crying when I was shaking his hand 'cause that meant so much to me to play against Tiger Woods in the Sunday match. A couple months later, to win his event, it's really special". Waiting for Woods as he headed to the scorer's hut was PGA Tour rules official Mark Watson, who advised officials wanted to look at video review of the shot at 18 after questions as to whether the ball stayed on the club too long.

Woods came home in three-under 33, making four birdies on the first six holes of his back nine before dropping one stroke on the way in at the par-3 17th.

"It was quite terrible", Woods said about his final round 73.

"Who knew that I could make it through all the Playoffs events?" "Just been so blessed to have the opportunity". I didn't play quite as good as past year, but I was still really good. A whirlwind stretch to end the season certainly played a role, and Woods has already claimed his 2019 schedule will be much lighter. 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". I'm just trying to do the best I can and keeping a good attitude.

Britain's Justin Rose was in sight of the world number one spot after a 65 but Finau denied him with a birdie at the last for sole possession of second. Kodaira moves back into the top 50 in the world, though he already was eligible for the Masters from winning the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head on the PGA Tour.

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