Miami - Sweden's Henrik Stenson snatched a dramatic victory at the Hero World
Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday, conjuring a late eagle to win by
one shot ahead of Spain's Jon Rahm.
Stenson, who started the day
one off the lead, carded a six-under-par 66 to finish on 18 under with a
four-round aggregate 270 at Albany Golf Club in New Providence.
win came after a brilliant eagle three on the par-five 15th, the
43-year-old nailing his second from the fairway to within a few inches
for the easiest of tap-ins.
The eagle gave Stenson the lead after earlier birdies on the 10th and 13th holes followed a bogey six on the ninth.
the shot of the day was that five-wood to a couple of inches on 15, so I
was very pleased about that," said Stenson, who hasn't won on either
the European Tour or PGA tour since the Wyndham Championship in August
Although the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge
isn't an official PGA Tour tournament, it does offer world ranking
points that will provide a boost to former No. 2 Stenson, who was ranked
40th coming into the week.
Rahm, who had started the day one shot off of Stenson, carded a six-under-par 66.
Spaniard had also entered the reckoning for the title after a strong
finish which included a birdie-eagle-birdie sequence on the 14th, 15th
and 16th holes. Rahm finished on 17 under.
Patrick Reed meanwhile
bounced back from his controversial third round display -- when he was
slapped with a two-shot penalty for improving his lie -- to finish with a
Reed reeled off five birdies and four pars over the
back nine to reignite his challenge, eventually finishing third on 16
under, two off the lead.
Tournament host Tiger Woods meanwhile was
unable to mount a decisive final round charge, posting a
three-under-par 69 to end in fourth place on 14 under.
Woods looked poised for a strong challenge after reaching the turn at three under after three birdies and no bogeys.
although he picked up a fourth birdie on the 11th, a bogey on the 14th
stymied his challenge and he was unable to carve out any more chances.
Justin Rose and Justin Thomas finished tied for fifth place on 13
under. Rose moved up the leaderboard after a roller coaster round which
included nine birdies and two bogeys for a seven-under-par 65.
But there was disappointment for overnight leader Gary Woodland.
Open champion Woodland's challenge wilted after a disastrous start
which saw him four over after four holes, following a bogey on the
second, a double-bogey seven on the par-five third and a bogey on the
Although Woodland rattled off five birdies after the turn,
two bogeys left him with a one-over-par 73 on 12 under, six behind
270 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 69-67-68-66
271 - Jon Rahm (ESP) 70-66-69-66
272 - Patrick Reed 66-66-74-66
274 - Tiger Woods 72-66-67-69
275 - Justin Rose (ENG) 69-70-71-65, Justin Thomas 69-69-67-70