Hero World Challenge R4

Stenson wins first title since 2017

December 04-07
Albany GC, New Providence, Bahamas
$3,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Henrik Stenson ended a two-year title drought with a one-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge.


The former Open champion from Sweden had not won an event since capturing the Wyndham Championship in August 2017, but shot a closing 66 to finish on 18 under par in the Bahamas.

That was one ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm, the defending champion in the 18-man event which raises funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Stenson had three birdies in his first eight holes but then dropped a shot at the par five ninth.


Lengthy gains at the 10th and 13th followed and Stenson effectively sealed the title with a brilliant five wood approach to the 15th that set-up an eagle.

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

“I made some crucial par saves on the back nine.

“I’m pleased with the way I finished on the back nine today.”

Rahm stormed home with birdies at the 14th and 16th sandwiching an eagle at the 15th in a closing 66.

American Patrick Reed, who was embroiled in controversy on Friday after being handed a two-shot penalty for improving his lie in a bunker, shot a 66 – including a birdie on the 11th where his misdemeanour occurred 24 hours earlier – to finish third on 16 under.

Tournament host Woods threatened to challenge for a sixth win in this event when he carded four birdies in his first 11 holes, but he bogeyed the 14th and made no further gains to finish fourth on 14 under after a 69.


Overnight leader Gary Woodland could only manage a one-over-par 73 as he finished tied for seventh, with England’s Justin Rose and Justin Thomas sharing fifth.

Woods, Reed, Woodland and eight other Americans in the field will now travel to Melbourne for next weeks Presidents Cup against Ernie Els’ International team.

“We’re going to be locked up in a tin can for 23 hours,” Woods, who will act as a playing captain for the US team, joked.

“We’re going to enjoy the ride down there and it will be fun.”


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-18
69
67
68
66
270
2
Jon Rahm
ESP
-17
70
66
69
66
271
3
Patrick Reed
USA
-16
66
66
74
66
272
4
Tiger Woods
USA
-14
72
66
67
69
274
T5
Justin Rose
ENG
-13
69
70
71
65
275
T5
Justin Thomas
USA
-13
69
69
67
70
275
T7
Kevin Kisner
USA
-12
71
70
70
65
276
T7
Gary Woodland
USA
-12
66
69
68
73
276
9
Rickie Fowler
USA
-10
69
69
72
68
278
T10
Tony Finau
USA
-7
79
68
69
65
281
T10
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
73
70
70
68
281
T10
Webb Simpson
USA
-7
73
68
71
69
281
13
Chez Reavie
USA
-5
68
73
69
73
283
14
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
71
70
70
73
284
15
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-3
76
71
70
68
285
16
Jordan Spieth
USA
-2
75
70
69
72
286
17
Patrick Cantlay
USA
Par
74
72
71
71
288
18
Bubba Watson
USA
1
72
73
71
73
289
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