February 16, 2019

Rahm cruises to emphatic Hero World Challenge success

05 December 2018, 07:57 | Anna Jefferson

Golf- 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National- Guyancourt France

Team Europe's Jon Rahm during the Singles REUTERS  Carl

"I made a mistake there on 17, but overall it was a long week". Rahm, making his first trip to the Bahamas for this event, figured out early that the key to scoring at Albany were the five par 5s and two reachable par 4s.

Finau hung within striking distance of Rahm until a poor tee shot at the 14th led to a double bogey and pretty much sealed the deal for the Spaniard. "But I don't think they did previous year, and Rickie shot 11 under, right?"

"Tiger said that he did not think he hit the ball twice", Watson said. "Didn't seem like much could go wrong".

Woods was 5 under for his round and trying to stay in the thick of his holiday event when he drove into a palm bush on the 18th hole.

After extensive video review, it was determined he hit the ball a few times.

Tiger Woods avoided penalty for "double-hitting" the ball in the second round of the Hero World Challenge thanks to the rule limiting the use of enhanced video to review possible infractions. "But there's no way he could tell that".

American Patrick Cantlay, who shared the first-round lead before back-to-back rounds in the 70s, had the round of the day on Sunday with an 8-under 64.

"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on

Advantage Finau, at least over the last two days. He finished 19 shots behind, the biggest gap this year from the victor over 72 holes. He has had enough rest for the tendon in his left elbow to quit bothering him on the golf course, and he gets another crack at winning this weekend. "He played incredible golf, and he deserved to win this week". Since the Ryder Cup, I had an injury problem, I was out for five weeks. He was four over for the round after two holes, got it back to even par at the turn and had to settle for a 72. I'm feeling all right. Keep doing birdies and just keep going on. Brooks Koepka, who did not play this week, remains No. 1.

"I added two degrees of loft in my putter after Thursday and then went out and shot 64 yesterday with it and so I chose to keep it", he said.

JUST MISSED: This wasn't close down the stretch.

Rahm figured out the secret to that.

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. "It was like a well-oiled machine".

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