Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Stenson comes up clutch to win Tiger's event

Stenson comes up clutch to win Tiger's event

Woodland finished with back-to-back birdies in a 68 at Albany Golf Club for a 13-under par total of 203 and a one-shot lead over Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, is not helped by the fact that he has had some high-profile incidents, including his criticism of captain Jim Furyk after the U.S. Ryder Cup loss in France a year ago. "You're only 3 back, so you have to go out and play a solid round of golf, which I did, but at the same time it's not going to be enough".

Tournament host Woods' challenge faded after he bogeyed on the par-four 14th before finishing the round at three-under 69 and four shots behind Stenson.

Stenson, who hit two birdies besides an eagle on the back-nine, needed to par the par-four 18th to secure the win and he kept his composure to finish the job. 2019 is the defining year of his career - he won his first Major, the US Open, this year.

For Woods, the 18th hole finally gave him some joy as he picked up a birdie after a bogey on the first day and a missed birdie on the second. He tallied 17-under.

Leading by three heading into last night's third round, he was eventually penalised two shots by officials, turning a bogey six at the 11th into a triple bogey eight en route to a 74 that left him three shots behind leader Gary Woodland on 10-under.

His fourth round card included a double bogey on par-five 3rd hole.

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Stenson then ran in to trouble off the tee at the ninth and he was unable to save par, which dropped him back to 14-under and tied with Tiger Woods, who recently claimed his 82nd PGA Tour win at the ZOZO Championship.

Before the tournament, Tiger had said that he was learning to win after coming from behind. Yeah, that was a little while ago.

"I didn't make a lot of putts, a lot of birdies on the weekend". So it's not bad, but it's not what I want and not what I can perform, either.

"I'd much rather hook the hell out of a putt than hit some kind of block", Woods said. "Rest up and start the next season fresh".

Woods for the second straight day equalled the best card at 67. "(Was) just outside that range and consequently ended up short". "We all know he's one of the best ball-strikers there is out here, it's just how well he putts, and this week he definitely putted well and putted honest".

"Typical Melbourne", Woods said of the Victorian capital. "There's not really anything that's going to be said or done that's going to really derail me, especially next week (in the Presidents' Cup)".

Woods, Stenson, Rahm and Justin Thomas all shared at least a share of the lead at some point on Saturday but the defining point came when the Swede struck his trademark fairway wood into the 16th green leaving a tap in for eagle.

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