PGA Tour

Sentry Tournament of Champions 2019

January 03-06

The Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaiii

$6,400,000

January 03-06

The Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, Hawaiii

$6,400,000

Round 4

Schauffele shot 62 to seize victory from Woodland

January 06, 2019

Xander Schauffele made two eagles in a remarkable 11-under par 62 on Sunday to seize victory in the US PGA Tour Tournament of Champions by one stroke from Gary Woodland.

Schauffele started the day five shots off Woodland's lead and opened with a bogey on the par-73 Plantation course in Kapalua, Hawaii.

He birdied four of his next five holes before chipping in for his first eagle of the day at the ninth.

He holed out for an eagle from 107 yards out in the fairway at 12, birdied 14 and 15 and capped his round with back-to-back-birdies to edge his fellow American, who had led four-time major winner Rory McIlroy by three strokes coming into the final round.

"Honestly, it was a crazy day," Schauffele said after signing for a 23-under total of 269.

Woodland had five birdies in his 68 for 270.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy, meanwhile, could get nothing going in the final round of his first appearance at the event, which is open only to winners of tour events the previous season.

He carded a one-under par 72 that left him tied for fourth, eight shots off the pace. He finished on 277 alongside American Dustin Johnson and Australian Marc Leishman.

Justin Thomas carded a 65 to finish alone in third on 274.

While the expected duel between Woodland and McIlroy, playing together in the final group, never materialized, Schauffele provided plenty of drama.

The 25-year-old admitted that even after birdies at the third, fifth, sixth and seventh holes he wasn't looking much at the leaderboard, since he started the day so far back.

His chip-in for eagle at the ninth boosted him into second place, just one shot back.

But Woodland made his second birdie of the day at the ninth to push the margin back to two, and gave himself more breathing room with a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-three 11th.

Schauffele promptly eagled the 12th, regained a share of the lead with a birdie at 14 and took the solo lead for the first time with a birdie at 15.

After Woodland birdied 15, too, Schauffele edged ahead again with a birdie at 17, where an aggressive second shot left him a nine-footer for the first birdie of the day on the hardest hole on the course.

"I knew it was going to be a birdie-fest coming in," he said. "We kept our head down and tried to run for it."

Woodland responded with an 11-foot birdie of his own at 17, but after Schauffele birdied the par-five finishing hole with two putts from 12 feet, Woodland couldn't make his own 10-foot birdie putt at 18 to force a playoff.

"Obviously he was playing great," Woodland, who is now 0-for-7 when taking a lead into the fourth round of a PGA Tour stroke play event. "My goal today was to birdie the par-fives and make a couple more and see if that was enough.

"Obviously I needed to birdie the last there, but, I'm playing great. Frustrated right now, but Xander played great. Hats off to him."

Schauffele, the 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, has won all four of his titles in come-from-behind fashion. That included a storming playoff victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October.

"Got nothing to lose," he said of his approach to the final round. "Wind was down, the easier holes played easier and the tougher holes played harder, so we figured if we could kind of sneak a few in on the tougher holes we might have a chance."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
USA
-23
72
67
68
62
269
2
Gary Woodland
USA
-22
67
67
68
68
270
3
Justin Thomas
USA
-18
67
72
70
65
274
T4
Dustin Johnson
USA
-15
67
74
69
67
277
T4
Marc Leishman
AUS
-15
68
70
68
71
277
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-15
69
68
68
72
277
7
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-14
69
68
70
71
278
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-13
70
71
69
69
279
T8
Patton Kizzire
USA
-13
69
71
71
68
279
T8
Webb Simpson
USA
-13
70
72
72
65
279
T11
Cameron Champ
USA
-12
71
68
74
67
280
T11
Kevin Tway
USA
-12
66
71
72
71
280
13
Jason Day
AUS
-11
69
71
75
66
281
T14
Andrew Putnam
USA
-10
69
73
70
70
282
T14
Charles Howell III
USA
-10
74
70
69
69
282
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-9
73
71
68
71
283
T16
Troy Merritt
USA
-9
73
71
69
70
283
18
Ian Poulter
ENG
-8
71
69
73
71
284
T19
Brice Garnett
USA
-6
73
72
73
68
286
T19
Matt Kuchar
USA
-6
72
73
72
69
286
T19
Scott Piercy
USA
-6
76
72
69
69
286
T22
Andrew Landry
USA
-5
69
75
71
72
287
T22
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-5
75
69
71
72
287
24
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
76
70
73
69
288
T25
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
72
75
71
72
290
T25
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
70
75
72
73
290
T27
Aaron Wise
USA
-1
74
71
73
73
291
T27
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-1
73
71
73
74
291
T27
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
77
69
72
73
291
T27
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
75
73
71
72
291
31
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
70
79
74
69
292
T32
Michael Kim
KOR
4
71
72
80
73
296
T32
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
4
77
76
73
70
296
RET
Kevin Na
USA
Par
-
-
-
-
0
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
USA
-23
62
269
2
Gary Woodland
USA
-22
68
270
3
Justin Thomas
USA
-18
65
274
T4
Dustin Johnson
USA
-15
67
277
T4
Marc Leishman
AUS
-15
71
277
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-15
72
277
7
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-14
71
278
T8
Jon Rahm
ESP
-13
69
279
T8
Patton Kizzire
USA
-13
68
279
T8
Webb Simpson
USA
-13
65
279
T11
Cameron Champ
USA
-12
67
280
T11
Kevin Tway
USA
-12
71
280
13
Jason Day
AUS
-11
66
281
T14
Andrew Putnam
USA
-10
70
282
T14
Charles Howell III
USA
-10
69
282
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-9
71
283
T16
Troy Merritt
USA
-9
70
283
18
Ian Poulter
ENG
-8
71
284
T19
Brice Garnett
USA
-6
68
286
T19
Matt Kuchar
USA
-6
69
286
T19
Scott Piercy
USA
-6
69
286
T22
Andrew Landry
USA
-5
72
287
T22
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-5
72
287
24
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
69
288
T25
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
72
290
T25
Patrick Reed
USA
-2
73
290
T27
Aaron Wise
USA
-1
73
291
T27
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-1
74
291
T27
Keegan Bradley
USA
-1
73
291
T27
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
72
291
31
Bubba Watson
USA
Par
69
292
T32
Michael Kim
KOR
4
73
296
T32
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
4
70
296
RET
Kevin Na
USA
Par
-
0