Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Dec 2018 14:18:07


NASSAU (Bahamas),

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, who had a bogey free 63 on second day, took his four-day total to 20-under 268 to stay four shots clear of Tony Finau (69) at the Albany Golf Course. Finau’s challenge slowed down after the first seven holes and then completely broke down after a double bogey on 14th on the back nine.

Yet Finau, whose only career PGA title came in March 2016
in Puerto Rico, finished second for the fourth time this season. Rahm received the Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, CEO and MD of HeroMotoCorp and takes home a cheque of one million dollars. Rahm, who had won three titles in his first full season in 2017, added three more in 2018. Of the six titles, three are on PGA Tour, two on European and now the unofficial PGA Tour win at Hero World Challenge. Justin Rose (65) finished third, while Henrik Stenson (71) was fourth.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler (69) and Patrick Cantlay (64) were Tied-fifth, while tournament host Tiger Woods (73) was 17th out of 18 players.  It just wasn’t Tiger Woods’ day or week as he shot 73, his second over par round of the week and finished 17th in the 18-man field. He was four-over through front nine, before holing four birdies in five holes from 11th to 16th but again dropped a shot at 17th. Clearly, Rahm was pleased with his progress in the first two years of his career.