3-way tie for lead in Bahamas with Woods at the bottom

Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm

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.

"I hit it so solid off the tee, I was always in the fairway with a short club in", Rahm said. I know he's up there with my grandpa telling him everything about golf even though Seve knows a little bit.

"I added two degrees of loft in my putter after Thursday and then went out and shot 64 yesterday with it and so I made a decision to keep it", he said. "Didn't seem like much could go wrong".

Tiger Woods is overdoing his role as gracious tournament host.

Woods was 5 under for his round and trying to stay in the thick of his holiday event when he drove into a palm bush on the 18th hole.

Reed dropped down the leaderboard following a round of 77 that included three bogeys and a double bogey.

But questions arose about this shot out of the bush.

Speaking at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Woods said his desire was as strong as ever but acknowledged that his middle-aged and much-operated-on body was not able to do all the things his younger self could. "But there's no way he could tell that".

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Noren was two-over par after 10 holes and then after a birdie on 12 he completed his closing five holes in freaky manner - birdie (14), eagle (15), triple-bogey (16), ace (17) and birdie (18) in a score of 70 that put him tied for eighth on eight-under.

Rose, 38, who was five shots off the lead in a share of eighth going into the final round, holed a putt from off the green at the 11th for his fourth birdie of the day.

The 21st-ranked Leishman, who won the US PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia recently, had four birdies on the front nine while Smith made two bogeys to give him the edge going into the home straight.

The Spaniard fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the final round to close out the week with a 20-under total and a four-shot win. 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.

"It was an incredible year, to go from where I was at this point last year to where I am now", he said. "I haven't played a lot of golf, though".

"There are days or weeks that they don't cooperate, so that's just part of the injuries I've gone through and aging".

The 14-time major victor began the week battling a "bug" he picked up from his son Charlie.

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