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Sport Lack of back-nine hero shots costs Woods shot at Hero World Challenge title

01:05  08 december  2019
01:05  08 december  2019 Source:   golfchannel.com

Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Thursday round at the Hero World Challenge

  Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Thursday round at the Hero World Challenge Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Thursday round at the Hero World ChallengeEighteen of the world’s best are at Albany for the fifth consecutive year, with Woods making his first appearance since winning his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour event in October at the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan.

Tiger Woods wins Hero Shot at Baha Mar. The Hero World Challenge has a longstanding history of incredible golf moments thanks in part to the game’s most exclusive field. With 18 of the world ’s top ranked players vying for the Hero World Challenge trophy each year, the competition at Albany

The Hero World Challenge is a golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods , which takes place each December. It features a small number (currently 18) of top-ranked golf pros.

NASSAU, Bahamas – Through three rounds of the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods had played the back nine at Albany in 11 under, with 10 birdies and two eagles.

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But Saturday, Woods suddenly went cold on the closing stretch, and it cost him a chance at winning his own tournament for the sixth time.

“It wasn’t good enough,” said Woods, who made just one birdie and made some costly mistakes late in a closing 3-under 69 to finish fourth at 14 under, four behind winner Henrik Stenson.

Woods led by a shot after back-to-back birdies, at Nos. 6 and 7, and reached 15 under after a birdie at the par-5 11th hole. But he failed to put another circle on the card after that.

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Tiger Woods shot a five-under par 67 in the third round. Woods had two birdies and a bogey on his front nine , before birdieing the 11th from 20 feet. Back -to- back gains at the 14th and 15th were then followed by a closing birdie as Woods left himself well placed for a final-round title tilt.

Gary Woodland leads the Hero World Challenge by one shot heading into this weekend's final round in the Former world number one Woods , who is also plotting the United States' Presidents Cup Back -to- back birdies on 14 and 15 took him to four under before a birdie three on the last, set up with

His bogey at the drivable par-4 14th hole delivered a crushing blow to his winning hopes. Woods drew a tough lie in the waste area after missing his drive left. He ended up blading the chip through the green and then hitting the next chip heavy, his ball rolling back to his feet.

He did make a 20-footer for bogey, but at that point he was two back of Stenson.

“That wasn't a very good lie,” Woods said. “I was trying to leave it in the rough just out of the bunker and leave it short of the flag, and it just bounced and skidded. I wasn't trying to hit the ball anywhere near that flag, I was just trying to take my medicine, try and get up and down for par and move on. The next thing you know, I'm down the hill and in this sandy lie, nasty little shot and it didn't work out.”

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Stenson hit a mighty approach shot from 260 yards that almost trickled in on the par-5 hole Woods was tied for the lead with five holes left, but hit three poor shots in a row en route to a “I came in with a better feeling,” Stenson said, adding, “I’m really happy with the way I hung in there on the back nine .”

The Hero is an unofficial event, but it awards world ranking points. Woods is ranked seventh in the world . Although Woods has won this tournament five times, he'd not fared particularly Tiger Woods plays his third shot on the third hole during Wednesday's first round of the Hero World Challenge .

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Three holes later, a missed 5-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th sealed the deal.

“I blocked a couple [putts] today and I can't stand that feeling,” Woods said. “I'd much rather hook the hell out of a putt than hit some kind of block.”

But overall, Woods is pleased with his game heading into next week’s Presidents Cup in Australia.

“I think it was more of a continuation of what I did in Japan,” said Woods, who won the Zozo Championship in October, his previous start. “I hit the ball about as well and I didn't quite hit it close enough, you know? I had some short irons into the greens this week that I wish I could give myself some better looks, just outside that range of making putts. Consequently, I ended up short.”

Now, Woods and his team will board their charter Saturday night and head Down Under.

“We've got 23 hours in a tin can, so we've got a long way to go down there,” Woods said. “The guys will be relaxing, doing whatever we need to do. We've got a bunch of stuff to sign for the tournament, so the guys will be taking care of that.

“Lots of reading, lots of card playing and lots of needling.”

Just no admiring the Hero trophy. Sweden’s Stenson – and Woods’ back nine – made sure of that.

Stenson wins World Challenge as Woods fades to fourth .
Henrik Stenson almost made albatross at the 15th hole en route to a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm at the Hero World Challenge on Saturday as tournament host Tiger Woods faded down the stretch in the Bahamas. © Getty Images Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his second shot on the third hole during the final round of the 2019 Hero World Challenge at Albany on Dec. 7, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas. Swede Stenson hit a mighty approach shot from 260 yards that almost trickled in at the par-five, and the tap-in eagle gave him the sole lead from fast-finishing Rahm.

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