Stenson hit a 5-wood within inches on the 15th hole to setup an eagle that carried him to a six-under 66 and victory from Spanish world No.3 John Rahm on Saturday.

Woods was among five players who had a chance to win on the back nine, four of them with at least a share of the lead at some point at Albany Golf Club.

However, he fell out with a chip that didn't make it up the slope on the 14th hole, and he had to scramble for bogey.

Justin Thomas had a pair of 12-foot birdie putts burn the edge.

Defending champion Rahm, in his final event before getting married in Spain, appeared to seize control with a birdie-eagle-birdie stretch to take the lead.

RIGHT: Jon Rahm finished runner-up in his last start before getting married in Spain. PHOTO: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images.

And then Stenson struck the decisive blow.

From 259 yards on the par-5 15th hole, he hammered 5-wood and couldn't see beyond a dune as it bounced onto the green, tracked toward the hole and settled about 8 inches away for a tap-in eagle.

"The shot of the day," Stenson said.

That took him from one shot behind to one shot ahead, and he closed with three pars.

He finished at 18-under 270 for his first victory since August 2017, though it will be unofficial for record purposes on the PGA Tour due to the small 18-man field.

Rahm had to settle for two pars to close out his 66.

Patrick Reed, under scrutiny for improving his line of play in a waste area on Friday that led to a two-shot penalty, shook that off for a 66 to finish alone in third at 16-under.

With a 69, Woods finished four shots back in fourth place in a final competitive sortie before leading the United States team as a playing captain at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next week.

US team member Thomas (70) and England's Justin Rose (65) rounded out the top five at 13-under.

US Open champion Gary Woodland, who started the final round with a one-shot lead, ran into trouble chipping up the slope on the par-5 third hole and made double bogey.

He never recovered, shot 73 and tied for seventh.

The World Challenge was just the first stop for 11 of the Americans in the field.

They had a few hours to get changed for a charter flight from the Bahamas to Australia for the Presidents Cup, which starts Thursday with Woods as the first playing captain in 25 years.