Xander Schauffele wins WGC Champions in playoff
American Xander Schauffele birdied the first extra hole to beat countryman Tony Finau in a playoff and win the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International course on Sunday.
The 25-year-old scored a four-under-par 68 to finish with a 14 under 274 total, tied at the top of the leaderboard with Finau (71).
The PGA Tour event then needed to be decided by a playoff.
Sunday in Shanghai came down to the wire.
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In the playoff, Schauffele birdied a shot putt and waited as Finau missed his much longer effort to hand the American victory in Shanghai.
“It means a lot,” Schauffele said afterwards. “Last season, I really wanted to win in my rookie year and wasn’t able to do that.”
“I felt like I was playing great all day… I felt like I was in control of my ball and kept my head down,” Schauffele added.
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“When I signed my card I went ‘Oh wow, I went birdie-birdie to get into this playoff’. I was in a world of my own out there.”
Defending champion Justin Rose (72) of England finished third at 10 under, two strokes ahead of fourth-placed American Andrew Putnam (72) and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (71).
Leading final round scores:
274 -14 Xander Schauffele (USA) 66-71-69-68
Tony Finau (USA) 66-67-70-71
278 -10 Justin Rose (ENG) 69-67-70-72
280 -8 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 68-71-70-71
Andrew Putnam (USA) 70-71-67-72
281 -7 Keegan Bradley (USA) 69-70-70-72
283 -5 Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 75-69-67-72
Patrick Reed (USA) 64-72-70-77
Patrick Cantlay (USA) 70-68-73-72
Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 68-68-72-75
284 -4 Jason Day (AUS) 71-70-69-74
Li Haotong (CHN) 73-72-69-70
Billy Horschel (USA) 68-72-71-73
285 -3 Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 70-69-74-72
Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 68-73-73-71
286 -2 Brooks Koepka (USA) 72-74-71-69
Paul Casey (ENG) 73-68-74-71
287 -1 Adam Scott (AUS) 69-73-72-73
Thomas Pieters (BEL) 75-64-74-74
Alexander Norén (SWE) 74-69-71-73
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