Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in Bahamas

  • Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in Bahamas

Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in Bahamas

Finau hung within striking distance of Rahm until a poor tee shot at the 14th led to a double bogey and pretty much sealed the deal for the Spaniard. Finau was his final challenger until he took double bogey on the par-4 14th hole as Rahm made birdie for a five-shot lead, and the rest was easy.

"I played nicely birding four of the par-fives, and on this golf course, we have five of them", said Finau who is making his debut in the $3 million event hosted by Tiger Woods on the Albany Club course.

"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotional, most important moment of my golf career", said Rahm, 24, who has been ranked as high as second in the world in his still young career.

"Putting has been really solid these first couple of days, short game as well, a lot of good up-and-downs", he said.

It set up a tense finale with Smith - who partnered Leishman to second place at the World Cup in Melbourne last weekend.

Tiger Woods shot 73 and finished 17th in the 18-man field. It was quite bad.

"Yeah, in hindsight. I made a six there, one bad swing can do that on any hole and that's what happened".

Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm—along with Tony Finau—set up a wide-open conclusion that could feature more than half the 18-man field
Henrik Stenson and Jon Rahm—along with Tony Finau—set up a wide-open conclusion that could feature more than half the 18-man field

The 29-year old Salt Lake City golfer said he had also benefitted from a small adjustment to his putter as he seeks to make amends after losing out in a play-off in last month's WGC - HSBC Champions.

Woods earned seven top ten finishes but most importantly, he got back in the winners' circle for the first time in five years. "Just been so blessed to have the opportunity. To come from where I came from previous year at this point, to have the ability to actually play and compete again in the game and do it consistently, is quite unbelievable".

"All I know is I played too much at the end of the year", he said.

"That's just part of the injuries I've had and the aging process and trying to deal with that and compete".

While Rahm may have run away with the victory late, there was still some drama related to the race for the World No. 1 ranking, which remains very closely contested between Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose.

Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay are tied for third on nine under, with Tony Finau a shot further back in fifth.

That looked likely to happen heading into the final hole, when Finau sunk a 10-foot birdie to take clear second and knock Rose into third place.