Rahm breezes to Hero World Challenge title

Jon Rahm Hero World Challenge

Jon Rahm accepts his trophy from Tiger Woods after winning the 2018 Hero World Challenge

Two months after beating Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup, Jon Rahm won his hero's tournament on Sunday, surging to a four-stroke win at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Rahm ends his year with three victories, just like in 2017, his first full season as a pro.

And now this Sunday, Rahm round off 2018 with yet another unbelievable year. "Still wouldn't get to what Tiger's done in 20 years, but it would be pretty impressive".

The Spaniard shot a seven-under 65 in the fourth round and pulled away from Tony Finau, who had joined Rahm and Henrik Stenson in a three-way tie going into the final day's action. 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. She had no idea about golf and I would make her watch all the highlights of Tiger. "Hats off to Jon this week".

"Hats off to John this week, he played incredible golf and he deserved to win this week".

Woods was never in the picture until it was time to hand out the trophy.

"That's the same thing I thought today", Rahm said. "As soon as I got in the lead, my mind was still forward". After winning the Challenge, Rahm admitted that he grew up watching and learning from Tiger Woods.

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"Just one of those days where I felt like I was fighting from behind", Woods said.

Recalling the whole incident and the match, Rahm said, "Then on the last putt right before I hit it, somebody in Spanish yelled, "Do it for Seve", at the top of his lungs".

Patrick Cantlay, who shared the 18-hole lead with Reed, had a 70 and was one shot out of the lead along with Dustin Johnson, who had a 67 in a tropical spot where he loves to vacation but rarely contends. "Under slow-motion and high def you can see the ball did hit the clubface twice, but in real time I didn't feel that at all". Most of that is due to the par 5s, which he has played in nine under the last two rounds. He made birdie on all of them Sunday.

Even with a runaway victory, there was a small measure of drama on the final hole.

Justin Rose, needing to finish in a three-way tie for second to return to No. 1 in the world, closed with a 65 and was in position to go back to the top of the ranking until Finau rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt for a 69 to finish alone in second.

Brooks Koepka, who did not play this week, remains No. 1. Rose has one more event left in two weeks at the Indonesia Masters.

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. Finau had seven birdies, as well, but was all over the place at the Albany course.

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