Following the third round, Jon Rahm said he felt he needed something in the 60s on Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge, and that "anything worse than 69" from the winner would shock him. Those words ended up being prophetic, as a 69 from Rahm would have at least put him in a playoff.
But a playoff wasn't necessary thanks to Rahm's closing seven-under 65, a round that featured no bogeys and seven birdies to give him a four-stroke victory over Tony Finau, who posted a 69 to finish in solo second. Rahm, who took down Tiger Woods in singles matches at the Ryder Cup this past October, was thrilled to claim his latest victory in an event hosted by the 14-time major winner.
"That Sunday with Tiger was the most emotional, most important moment of my golf career," said Rahm. "That meant so much to me to play against him in Sunday's match, and a couple months later to win his event, his foundation's event, this is really special."
It won't count as an official victory for the young Spaniard, but he will take home a trophy and the $1 million first-place prize. Not to mention the confidence boost he'll receive from taking down 17 of the world's best in The Bahamas.
"I grew up watching all those events, watching Tiger win it many times in a row and Graeme (McDowell) and many other players, and I've seen what it's done to their careers. Jordan Spieth won this event (in 2014) and he went on to win two majors the next year. So, I hope this is something similar for me as well."
This is Rahm's first win of any kind since last April, when he won the Spanish Open in his home country with a final-round 67. Prior to that his last PGA Tour victory came last January at the CareerBuilder Challenge, also carding a Sunday 67 and winning in a playoff. His maiden PGA Tour win came the previous January at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he first flashed his penchant for closing tournaments with a final-round 65.
Matching Rahm's 65 was Justin Rose, who climbed all the way to a solo third finish after entering the final round five back. Henrik Stenson finished one back in solo fourth, while Patrick Cantlay carded the round of the day, an eight-under 64, to tie for fifth with defending Hero champion Rickie Fowler.
Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the 2018 Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, The Bahamas, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2018