Leishman's only bogey of the round came on the par-4 17th when he missed an 8-foot, 5-inch putt for par by 19 inches, but still led by three strokes as Rahm bogeyed the 15th. He kept a cushion with three big par saves down the tough stretch at Torrey Pines and closed with a 6-foot birdie putt that turned out to be the victor.
Rahm cut the lead to two strokes with a birdie on the 17th.
From there, Woods grinded out seven concluding pars, the most crucial on a 15-foot putt - his longest putt of the day - at the par-5 18th after he found bunkers off the tee and with his third shot.
His one mistake, aside from a bogey on the 15th hole, was not knowing the score.
Second-ranked McIlroy, needing a victory to return to world number one for the first time since 2015, fired a 67 to join a third-place pack on 207 with South Korean Kang Sung and Americans Harry Higgs and Cameron Champ. "The putt, that's a tough putt". He was 7 for 10 (70%) from 10-20 feet.
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He finished with a two-under 70 and moments after stepping off the 18th, caddie Joe LaCava delivered the news - a heartbreaking moment caught on camera. If Rahm's putt made it in on the 18th hole, then a playoff would have been necessary, but he could not get it done. "Don't go out and change anything, just keep doing what you're doing, because you're obviously doing something right if you're on top of the leaderboard". "But still, it's just a sour feeling".
Woods said that from a playing aspect he would most remember Bryant's fire on the court.
The shock to Woods was so great that he made a rare detour from his two media stations to sign autographs, presumably to collect his thoughts.
Clearly frustrated, Woods made no mistake in sinking his birdie putt.
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"You're not going to win tour events if you're not putting well, and I putted probably as good as I ever putted today", Leishman said in the immediate aftermath of his fifth PGA Tour victory. You dream to be on the PGA TOUR one day and all of a sudden to have five victories, it's a great feeling.
Woods next chance to set the record is expected to come in The Genesis Invitational Feb. 13-16 in Pacific Palisades, which he has announced he will play in.
The reigning Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion must win the Waste Management Phoenix Open and hope that Koepka finishes outside the top four in the European Tour's Saudi International to become the seventh player to go to World No.1 since McIlroy last ruled in September 2015.
Rahm's putt pulled up before the cup to hand his 36-year-old opponent a first Tour triumph since the CIMB Classic in 2018.
"I was in this situation a few times on Symetra, and it's just to keep the same game plan", said Sagstrom, a three-time victor on the Symetra Tour in 2016.
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