Woods avoids penalty as Rahm & Stenson share Hero World Challenge lead

Woods avoids penalty as Rahm & Stenson share Hero World Challenge lead

Stenson almost rallied from a seven-shot deficit in 2016, only to finish toward the bottom of the pack a year ago.

He added, "Also, the Sunday of the PGA my grandpa had just passed as soon as I finished". The last threat to his title melted away on the 14th hole, when he birdied while Finau carded a double bogey, opening up a five-shot lead for the eventual victor.

"That's the same thing I thought today", Rahm said.

The world number 33 took a three-shot lead over his fellow Australian into day four of the European Tour-sanctioned event at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, but it quickly evaporated. "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".

Even though this tournament takes place outside of the heart of golf season, and only features an 18-player field, the win was still special for Rahm thanks in large part because the event was hosted by Tiger Woods. 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. He has had enough rest for the tendon in his left elbow to quit bothering him on the golf course, and he gets another crack at winning this weekend.

"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. She had no idea about golf and I would make her watch all the highlights of Tiger.

Everyone was under par going into the weekend, with Jason Day bringing up the rear at 1-under 143.

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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.

"It's definitely not alarming, for sure", said Woods, in his first 72-hole event since winning the Tour Championship.

JUST MISSED: This wasn't close down the stretch.

Rahm figured out the secret to that.

Woods said that while he doesn't have definitive plans for his schedule next year, he won't play in as many events as he did in 2018.

Recalling the whole incident and the match, Rahm said, "Then on the last putt right before I hit it, somebody in Spanish yelled, "Do it for Seve", at the top of his lungs". "It was like a well-oiled machine".

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