Jon Rahm strong in final round to win the Hero World Challenge

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Stenson and Rahm each had a 3-under 69 to join Finau at 13-under 203. And with five par 5s and a pair of reachable par 4s at Albany Golf Club, plenty of birdies should be available. "I made a mistake there on 17, but overall it was a long week".

Woods finished second-last in the 18-man field at the World Challenge, an unofficial event he hosts at Albany on the island of New Providence.

From the moment he stepped onto the first tee on his pro debut back in June 2016, a week after finishing T-23 in his last event as an amateur at the US Open, Jon Rahm had "class and talent" written all over him.

Woods laughed and offered some passing advice, "He told me it's all about feel", Rahm recalled. "I think the best way to describe it, having five par 5s and two relatively short par 4s, out of those seven holes I got six birdies".

Sunday wasn't bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge.

Henrik Stenson who returned from his elbow troubles, ranked fourth, while the defending champion, Rickie Fowler, shared fifth with Patrick Cantlay, from whom Rahm took over as World No. 1 amateur.

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Finau was left second for the fourth time this year, knocking yet again on the door, which does not seem to be opening but will surely yield soon after an wonderful year for the American, who is part-Tongan and part-Samoan by origin.

Rahm, who has played a heavy late-year schedule since helping Europe to victory at the Ryder Cup in September, said his game had been dialed in. "I just haven't played clean".

He'll be there for three days as part of his preparations as the USA Presidents Cup Team Captain ahead of the staging of the biennial event last next year. I've kept saying it the same way. "But I don't think they did past year, and Rickie shot 11 under, right?"

Rahm shot a bogey-free round, collecting seven birdies along the way.

"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on pgatour.com. He was 4 over for the round after two holes, got it back to even par at the turn and had to settle for a 72.

"That's what you have to do to play well, so I was able to do that today. The only thing I would say could use some improvement is just maybe making a few more putts". While it was a somewhat poor end to the year - finishing second to last at one under par, 19 strokes behind victor Jon Rahm - 2018 was far from a failure for Woods.

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