Jon Rahm cruises at Tiger’s event
Jon Rahm turned a potential shootout into a Bahamas breeze, closing with a 7-under-par 65 for a four-shot victory Sunday in the Hero World Challenge.
Starting the final round in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey on the par-3 eighth hole, and the 24-year-old Spaniard never trailed the rest of the day at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas.
Tiger Woods, the tournament host, was never in the picture until it was time to hand out the trophy. He got off to another rough start, rallied on the back nine, and had to settle for a 1-over 73 to finish 19 shots behind, in 17th place in the 18-man field.
‘‘Overall, it was a long week, but one that I hope the players enjoyed,’’ Woods said in his role as tournament host.
For Rahm, that makes two full years as a pro for the 24-year-old Spaniard, each with three victories worldwide.
‘‘I hope I keep winning three times every year,’’ Rahm said. ‘‘Still wouldn’t get to what Tiger’s done in 20 years, but it would be pretty impressive.’’
Justin Rose, needing to finish in a three-way tie for second to return to No. 1 in the world, closed with a 65 and was in position to go back to the top of the ranking until Finau rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt for a 69 to finish alone in second. Brooks Koepka, who did not play this week, remains No. 1
Finau, meanwhile, cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career at No. 9.
European — Kurt Kitayama claimed his first European win at the Mauritius Open after closing with a 4-under 68 for a 2-shot victory.
Kitayama’s first European title came in just his third tournament as the American held off Chikkarangappa S. and Matthieu Pavon, who both carded 67s to tie for second.
Defending champion Dylan Frittelli finished strongly, shooting 65 to share fifth place. Justin Harding, tied for the lead with Kitayama overnight, was a shot ahead of him in fourth.
Kitayama had an eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys in his final round at Four Seasons Golf Course, going birdie-eagle-birdie from Nos. 3-5 to pull ahead.
Australian — Cameron Smith shot a final-round 70 to successfully defend his Australian PGA title with a two-stroke victory over Marc Leishman in Gold Coast.
Smith finished with a 16-under total of 272. Leishman closed with a 69.
England’s Ross McGowan shot a course-record 63 to finish tied for third, five strokes behind.