Rickie Fowler conquers Bahamas to win Hero World Challenge

Rickie Fowler fired the lowest round of his career Sunday in the Bahamas to win the Hero World Challenge.

Starting the day seven shots behind Charley Hoffman, Fowler birdied his first seven holes to ultimately shoot an 11-under 61 to win by four shots at 18 under.

Though not an official PGA Tour event, the Hero World Challenge annually boasts an impressive limited field. Players are also awarded world ranking points for their efforts this week.

Fowler made birdies in a variety of ways Sunday, holing out from the bunker and draining long putts. His wedge game was dialed in, and he regularly found the fairway. Despite Fowler’s hefty deficit to begin the day, he erased it, and grabbed a two-stroke lead by his eighth hole.

Hoffman shot an even-par 72 in Round 4 to finish second at 14 under. Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood, who is getting married on the course Tuesday, finished tied for third at 12 under.

The major story this week was Tiger Woods’ latest return to golf. The 14-time major champion looked pain-free all week while finishing t-9 at 8 under. Woods shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine Sunday, but he bogeyed his last two holes to finish with a 4-under 68.

Woods has not yet announced when he next will play, but if this week was any indication, he could be a major force in 2018.

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