Hero World Challenge: Jon Rahm tied with Henrik Stenson for lead after round of 9-under 63

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Spaniard Jon Rahm (Getty Images)

Jon Rahm was on fire Friday at the Hero World Challenge as he shot the best round on the course, and of the tournament, with a 9-under 63 to move into a tie for first at 10 under.

Rahm posted a bogey-free round with nine birdies.

Henrik Stenson also had an impressive round as he shot a 6-under 66 to get into the lead, and tie with Rahm.

Tiger Woods played better Friday, but still struggled to keep up with his competitors. He carded 3-under 69.

Woods had problems with his putter, missing four putts within 12 feet in the first eight holes. He still rebounded nicely from his opening round of 73, as he made five birdies to get to four under and just four shots off the lead. But, suffered from a disastrous triple bogey on the par-3 12th hole to fall farther down the leaderboard.

And, that wasn’t the only blunder of Woods’ round.

On 18, he finished with double bogey and just barely avoided a penalty after a controversial touch. 

After a long review, officials reportedly determined that Woods did indeed commit a double hit. But, since they needed slow-motion high-definition video to see it, he was not assessed a penalty.

Elsewhere on the course, defending champion Rickie Fowler moved into eighth place after a tough first day posting a 5-under 67 on Friday.

Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay are tied for second at 9 under.