Jon Rahm wins in Bahamas, ends year with 3 titles

Jon Rahm took the glory

Jon Rahm took the glory

His nearest rival, Tony Finau, who looked like taking it to the wire, stuttered around the turn and then faltered badly with a double bogey on 14 and in Rahm's words, "That was a killer".

"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career", Rahm said. However, because of an 18-month-old rules decision that limits the use of video evidence, Woods was spared the additional penalty because he didn't think he made contact twice and it couldn't be determined by the naked eye, only the use of high resolution TV played in super slow motion.

"Hosting the event and trying to play well, I haven't done a very good job of playing well but it was nice to finish off on that back nine and actually do something positive", he said after picking up four birdies over the final nine holes.

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

"He was putting next to me and I asked him, because I'm not the best putter on Bermuda grass and I know it's kind of amusing to say that now", Rahm said.

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Dustin Johnson, one shot out of the lead, took two chips and one putt to get up the slope right of the green on the par-3 second and made triple bogey. Keep doing birdies and just keep going on. Woods earned seven top ten finishes but most importantly, he got back in the winners' circle for the first time in five years.

Woods laughed and offered some passing advice, "He told me it's all about feel", Rahm recalled.

Finau, for his part, denied Justin Rose a return to the World No. 1 ranking by holing a birdie putt for sole second and Rose was pushed to the third, which was not to wrest the top ranking from the absent Brooks Koepka. "I think whoever plays the par 5s...with the better score's going to have a chance". Rose has one more event left in two weeks at the Indonesia Masters.

Rahm took a two-shot lead to the back nine with a 4-hybrid to 12 feet on the par-5 ninth that set up a two-putt birdie, and he held his own until Finau's double bogey.

Australia's Jason Day finished in 16th spot with a five-under total, one ahead of second-last Tiger Woods, who shot 73 and finished 17th in the 18-man field. Finau had seven birdies, as well, but was all over the place at the Albany course.

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