Tuesday 20 August 2019

Xander Schauffele beats Tony Finau in Shanghai playoff as Rory McIlroy brings disappointing weekend to a close

Xander Schauffele of the United States holds the trophy after winning the HSBC Champions golf tournament held at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Xander Schauffele of the United States holds the trophy after winning the HSBC Champions golf tournament held at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Xander Schauffele beat Tony Finau in a play-off to win the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The 25-year-old birdied the final two holes to card a four-under 68 and then birdied the par-five 18th to secure his third PGA title.

Finau, who carded a final-round 71, had to lay up after finding the bunker in the play-off and missed a 20-foot birdie putt to hand the title to Schauffele.

Defending champion Justin Rose finished third after a closing 72.

"When I was signing my card, I was like, 'Oh, wow. I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the playoff'," Schauffele told reporters. "I was just in my own world out there."

Rory McIlroy ended a disappointing week in tied-54th after carding a two-over-par round of 74 to finish on +10.

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