Henrik Stenson wins Hero World Challenge; Patrick Reed loses by two!

Reed's sand penalty comes back to haunt him as he loses by two strokes. 

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Sat, 7 Dec 2019

Patrick Reed's controversial two-stroke penalty for improving his lie in a waste bunker on day three came back to haunt him on Saturday as he went on to lose by two strokes to Henrik Stenson at the Hero World Challenge.

Albeit not an official PGA Tour event due to the 18-man field, the victory for Stenson, 43, marks his first anywhere around the world in 28 months.

 

 

Stenson, who started the final round one stroke behind Gary Woodland, posted an exceptional round of 6-under 66 to finish on 18-under par and one shot ahead of Jon Rahm, who also posted 66. 

WATCH: PATRICK REED DOCKED TWO SHOTS FOR IMPROVING LIE

The Swede, who had somewhat of home-field advantage as a resident at Albany, hit the front with three birdies on his opening eight holes, before making bogey at the ninth to go out in 34 shots.

But he rallied around the turn with a clutch par save at the 11th before making birdie at the 13th and a stunning eagle at the par-5 15th, which ultimately proved the decisive moment in his victory. 

Stenson went on to par the final three holes to hold off a fast-finishing Rahm, who also eagled the 15th hole. 

Despite all the drama of his third round when being docked two strokes for improving his lie in the sand, along with all the uproar that followed across the world of golf, Reed matched Stenson's round of 66 to finish solo third on 16-under par. 

Tiger Woods found himself in a tie for the lead around the turn following four birdies on his opening 11 holes, but a bogey at the 14th proved costly as those around him were making birdies and eagles to pull ahead. 

Justin Thomas, playing alongside Woods, was also in contention for the victory but fell away on the closing holes with a bogey at the 13th and double-bogey at the 18th, and he finished in a tie for fifth on 13-under par alongside Justin Rose. 

Woodland, the 54-hole leader, had a round to forget (73) and finished in a tie for seventh on 12-under with Kevin Kisner. 

NEXT PAGE: PATRICK REED BLAMES CAMERA ANGLE FOR HIS PENALTY IN THE SAND!

 

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