Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

The Spaniard finished four clear of Tony Finau at Albany in the Bahamas

Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge
Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge
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Jon Rahm closed with a superb 65 to win the Hero World Challenge at a canter, beating second place Tony Finau by four shots at Albany.

Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

Spain’s Jon Rahm fired a fourth round 65 to win the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas by four shots from American Tony Finau.

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Rahm began the final round tied for the lead with Finau and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson but Rahm was in front by the turn and he kept his lead right to the finish.

A birdie on the ninth hole saw Rahm two ahead at the turn and he maintained that advantage until the 14th when Finau suffered a double bogey after finding sand twice. The Spaniard birdied the same hole and was five in front. He cruised home to take his third victory of the year and was presented the trophy by tournament host Tiger Woods – whom Rahm had beaten in the Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup.

Jon Rahm has won three times this year

Jon Rahm has won three times this year

"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career," Rahm said. "It means so much to play against Tiger. A couple months later, to win his event, it's really special."

Justin Rose climbed the board with a closing 65 to finish third. He had needed to finish in a three-way tie for second (or better) to move back to Number 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking. He would have achieved that until Finau rolled in a good putt on the 18th for solo second to deny the Englishman. Rose will have one more chance to end the year in the Number 1 slot – he plays in the Indonesian Masters.

Justin Rose just missed out on a return to World Number 1

Justin Rose just missed out on a return to World Number 1

Henrik Stenson was only one shot back through nine holes, but the Swede stalled on the run for home and, with only one birdie on the back nine, he finished alone in fourth. Patrick Cantlay posted a score 12 shots better than he did on Saturday. He closed with a 64 to tie for fifth with defending champion Rickie Fowler.

Hero World Challenge Albany, New Providence, Bahamas 29 November – 2 December Purse: $3,500,000 Par: 72

1 Jon Rahm (Esp) 71 63 69 65 268 $1,000,000 2 Tony Finau (USA) 72 64 67 69 272 $400,000 3 Justin Rose (Eng) 70 70 68 65 273 $250,000 4 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 68 66 69 71 274 $175,000 T5 Patrick Cantlay (USA) 65 70 76 64 275 $147,500 T5 Rickie Fowler (USA) 72 67 67 69 275 $147,500 7 Dustin Johnson (USA) 68 67 72 69 276 $140,000 T8 Alex Noren (Swe) 69 69 70 69 277 $126,667 T8 Xander Schauffele (USA) 73 68 66 70 277 $126,667 T8 Gary Woodland (USA) 72 66 67 72 277 $126,667

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Fergus Bisset

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?