This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There really is no end when it comes to golf. There are tournaments somewhere in the world every week of the year, even Christmas week, when the Asian Tour's Q school, of all things, will be contested. There are lesser European Tour events in South Africa the next couple of weeks, and there's an event of note in Indonesia coming up – Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson are even supposed to play in that one (woo-hoo). But the Hero World Challenge surely seems like the last hurrah of 2018. And, from our vantage point, it's about time. As in: We love our golf but, c'mon, take a break!
For the record, Jon Rahm won the Hero by four shots over of-course-he-didn't-win Tony Finau. And just as well that it wasn't close down the stretch, because this 18-man Bahama's cash grab has all the urgency of Sunday brunch. Really, the biggest takeaway from Albany golf course was at the other end of the leaderboard. That's where Tiger Woods, who for the first time in years arrived with a real chance to win his invitational tournament, spent the weekend battling Hideki Matsuyama for last place. More on Tiger in a moment.
As for Rahm, the win moved him to No. 6 in the world. But let's not mistake this for a monumental achievement against many of the game's best. You never know who was playing hard and who flew down to work on their bank accounts … um … we mean …