Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
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Tiger Woods stumbles late, finishes top five at the Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods stumbles late, finishes top five at the Hero World Challenge

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.

Woodland's final two birdies gave him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson.

Five players had a chance to win in the final hour. He could have taken sole possession of the lead or at least tied but bogeyed the par-four 18th.

Woods said the team had spent the journey, which he described as "a day to kill in a tin can", resting when they could but also doing some team building and having a bit of fun playing cards.

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". A bogey on the 18th, however, saw him slip down. He carried some of that to the Bahamas, and his nerves held up at Albany Golf Club.

"I found good momentum and sometimes it's just keep on working hard and grinding it out", Stenson said. I played well today.

Woods fell out with a chip that didn't make it up the slope on the 14th hole, and he had to scramble for bogey.

And then Stenson struck the decisive blow with his 5-wood. He knew it was good. His world ranking plunged from No. 6 to No. 40.

Reed opened 66-66 but ended up with a 74 in his third round after he was penalized for brushing sand away.

Woods will play the final round with Thomas, the third time he will be doing so this week.

But the importance of his penalty in the third round was marked, as his challenging 66 left him two strokes behind the champion, and Woods finished four behind after a disappointing seven-hole final. He sent that over the green, and his chip up the slope wasn't hard enough and came back down the hill. Woods closed with a 69. The closing holes seemed to be suiting him well, as he had three straight birdies on the last three in the second round.

Some Internationals players have suggested Reed might get some flak from the crowd over the incident but Woods said he thought the famous Australian love of sport would ensure a great atmosphere for the contest.

The World Challenge was just the first stop for 11 of the Americans in the field.

Woods, a playing captain at the Presidents Cup, began the day six shots back of the leaders and after reaching the turn at one under for his round turned it up with an eagle and three birdies over a sizzling six-hole stretch on the back nine.

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