Rahm, making his first trip to the Bahamas for this event, figured out early that the key to scoring at Albany were the five par 5s and two reachable par 4s.
"That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career", Rahm told reporters. I'm extremely pleased." Summing up his year, Rahm said, "As I said, this year was not so much about golf, it was about me as a person, so to win as many times as I did last year, it just shows that when I get into contention, to me nothing else matters.
Finau was the last challenger until the 14th hole, when he went from a sandy area to a bunker and over the green, leading to double bogey.
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.
Like Finau, Gary Woodland also shot a five-under 67 to move to 11 under and outright fourth. Defending champion Rickie Fowler recovered from a testing first day to shoot a five-under 67 for outright eighth. "That's what I want to do".
"I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it's definitely the next goal", Smith said. "But I don't think he believed me really".
He'll be there for three days as part of his preparations as the USA Presidents Cup Team Captain ahead of the staging of the biennial event last next year. The day prior, Rahm, too, had expressed his satisfaction at capitalising "on the easier holes", and the Spaniard reiterated the victor was likely to emerge from whoever did that best on Sunday. I've kept saying it the same way.
"I'm not going to play as many as I did this year", he confirmed on pgatour.com. It's a disappointing end to a successful comeback for Woods, who won the Tour Championship but struggled to keep dropped shots off his card - including a double bogey on the 18th on Friday that saw him at the center of a rules issue. He was 4 over for the round after two holes, got it back to even par at the turn and had to settle for a 72. "I just have not done a very good job this week of playing clean and keeping my rounds going like I should and could have". He said - "don't even worry, you played great, and I started crying in front of Tiger and kind of - it was such an emotional moment".
"[Woods] was like, 'That's a pretty good performance for somebody who can't putt on Bermuda greens, '" said Rahm, who was given the trophy by the tournament host.