Stenson comes up clutch to win Tiger's event

Tanya Simon
December 10, 2019

And with Rahm within the clubhouse on 17 below, Stenson negotiated the ultimate three holes along with his trademark ice-cool manner and parred safely dwelling, nervelessly two-putting from 50 toes on the ultimate inexperienced to seal a welcome win - his first silverware for the reason that Wyndham Championship over two years in the past.

Henrik Stenson (12-under 204 overall) sits in second place, while tournament host Tiger Woods (11-under 205) is breathing down the neck of the leaders. I mean, the last thing you can do is let it dwell, especially when you have 18 holes left to go because you still have a chance to win a golf tournament.

Rahm had emerged earlier in the mix when he also faced 15 between birdies on days 14 and 16, but the Spaniard would stay within a shot of a successful defense since Stenson's 66th closing earned him his first victory since 2017.

Stenson added, "I've got a couple of top-5s, top-4s on the European Tour and a couple of top-10s on the PGA TOUR and then lots of finishes between really 15 and 25, I think". He carried some of that to the Bahamas, and his nerves held up at Albany Golf Club.

'I found some good momentum and sometimes its just keep on working hard and grinding it out, ' Stenson told Sky Sports Golf.

'I'm pleased with the way I finished on the back nine today'.

Woods' round included six birdies and one bogey, with the 15-time major victor mounting a charge on the back nine.

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The Swede recovered quickly with a birdie at the 10th to briefly regain the lead before an eagle at the 11th for Justin Thomas gave the American the advantage.

Stenson's eagle, which could have easily been an albatross, came on the par-five 15th after he hit a mighty 260-yard approach shot which landed six inches of the cup before he tapped it in comfortably to take the sole lead.

Three straight pars saw the 2016 Open champ mark for a score of 66, leaving him to watch as big names still out of the way tried to catch him.

It was Stenson's first tour victory in almost two years when he won the 2017 Wyndham Championship.

With the result Woods is expected to move up one spot to No. 6 in the world rankings, ahead of Patrick Cantlay but still behind Dustin Johnson and Thomas.

Reed was hit with a two-stroke penalty in the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Friday after deliberately hitting the sand with his club twice while taking practice swings inside a bunker - a clear and obvious violation. He was then pushed down by Woods, Justin Thomas and Rahm in turns.

But that was as good as it got for both of them.

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