European/PGA Tours

WGC-HSBC Champions 2018

October 25-28

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

$10,000,000

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October 25-28

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

$10,000,000

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Round 2

Finau dominates day two in China

October 2 6, 2018

Tony Finau will take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions after firing a 67 on a day of twists and turns at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Finau dominates day two in China, © Getty Images

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“I played nicely. Was happy with the way I finished. I was pleased to make a few birdies coming down the stretch."

The American entered the second round two shots behind overnight leader Patrick Reed but soon overhauled him and led by three before an unfortunate double-bogey on the 11th. Three birdies in his last five holes then moved the 29 year old back to 11 under, three shots ahead of Masters Tournament champion Reed, defending champion Justin Rose and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood.

“That was about as bad a break as I've ever had," said Finau, "to kick all the way over the green into the hazard. One thing I've learned in this game, you take the good with the bad and keep moving forward. I knew I was playing well still and still at the top of the leaderboard. Just keep plugging along and try to get that back and I was able to do that."

“I think I just stay in attack mode. I think there's guys, a lot of great players here that are looking to chase me down. I've got to stay in attack mode, continue to make birdies and if I limit the mistakes, I think it will be a good weekend.”

Finau made his Ryder Cup debut for the United States in the recent defeat at Le Golf National and is looking for his first European Tour win in just his 20th appearance. He played his first regular event in a decade at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship earlier this month and arrived in Shanghai with some momentum after a top ten in Scotland.

Fleetwood and Reed are currently second and third respectively in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex as they look to chase down Francesco Molinari, while Rose could go back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking should results go his way over the weekend.

“It was the opposite wind today," said Rose. "Although it was tough, certain holes played much harder than yesterday and certain holes played easier. The par fives played easier, certainly eight and two played easier than they did, but yeah, just found my moments to make birdies."

“Might have been a bogey-free round, so yeah, that's pretty tidy. Those rounds don't often come, especially in breezy conditions. I kept it mentally obviously sharp and I felt like towards the end of the round I was trying to whip myself and keep driving forward and making good decisions and good swings.”

Belgian Thomas Pieters matched the lowest round of the week with a 64 to sit at five under alongside Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Keegan Bradley, Emiliano Grillo, Pat Perez and Kyle Stanley.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Tony Finau
USA
-11
66
67
133
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-8
69
67
136
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-8
64
72
136
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
68
68
136
5
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
66
71
137
6
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-6
70
68
138
T7
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
70
69
139
T7
Keegan Bradley
USA
-5
69
70
139
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-5
68
71
139
T7
Kyle Stanley
USA
-5
70
69
139
T7
Pat Perez
USA
-5
70
69
139
T7
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
75
64
139
T13
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
68
72
140
T13
Ian Poulter
ENG
-4
69
71
140
T13
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
70
70
140
T16
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T16
Andrew Putnam
USA
-3
70
71
141
T16
Jason Day
AUS
-3
71
70
141
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-3
73
68
141
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
68
73
141
T21
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-2
74
68
142
T21
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
69
73
142
T21
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
72
70
142
T21
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T25
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
74
69
143
T25
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
72
71
143
T25
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T25
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
72
71
143
T25
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
70
73
143
T25
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
74
143
T31
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
68
76
144
T31
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
72
72
144
T31
Matt Wallace
ENG
Par
69
75
144
T31
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
75
69
144
T35
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
70
75
145
T35
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
72
145
T35
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
74
71
145
T35
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
72
73
145
T35
Wenchong Liang
CHN
1
72
73
145
T40
Brian Harman
USA
2
73
73
146
T40
Brooks Koepka
USA
2
72
74
146
T40
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
75
71
146
T40
John Catlin
USA
2
75
71
146
T40
Scott Vincent
ZIM
2
73
73
146
T40
Sihwan Kim
KOR
2
72
74
146
T46
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
72
75
147
T46
Dustin Johnson
USA
3
74
73
147
T46
JC Ritchie
RSA
3
71
76
147
T46
Jason Norris
AUS
3
74
73
147
T46
Justin Harding
RSA
3
76
71
147
T46
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
67
80
147
T52
Adam Bland
AUS
4
72
76
148
T52
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
76
72
148
T52
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
76
72
148
T52
Oliver Bekker
RSA
4
77
71
148
T52
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
77
71
148
T52
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
4
72
76
148
T58
Carl Yuan
CHN
5
78
71
149
T58
Charley Hoffman
USA
5
74
75
149
T58
Jason Scrivener
AUS
5
75
74
149
T58
Jon Rahm
ESP
5
73
76
149
T58
Julian Suri
USA
5
74
75
149
T58
Kevin Na
USA
5
75
74
149
T58
Rory McIlroy
NIR
5
72
77
149
T58
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
5
75
74
149
66
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
73
77
150
T67
Brandt Snedeker
USA
7
75
76
151
T67
Francesco Molinari
ITA
7
76
75
151
T67
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
7
77
74
151
T67
Russell Knox
SCO
7
74
77
151
T71
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
73
80
153
T71
Brett Rumford
AUS
9
73
80
153
T73
Brandon Stone
RSA
10
74
80
154
T73
William Liu
CHN
10
75
79
154
75
Bowen Xiao
CHN
11
76
79
155
76
Yuki Inamori
JPN
12
74
82
156
77
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
80
80
160
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Tony Finau
USA
-11
67
133
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-8
67
136
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-8
72
136
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
68
136
5
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
71
137
6
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-6
68
138
T7
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
69
139
T7
Keegan Bradley
USA
-5
70
139
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-5
71
139
T7
Kyle Stanley
USA
-5
69
139
T7
Pat Perez
USA
-5
69
139
T7
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
64
139
T13
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
72
140
T13
Ian Poulter
ENG
-4
71
140
T13
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
70
140
T16
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
70
141
T16
Andrew Putnam
USA
-3
71
141
T16
Jason Day
AUS
-3
70
141
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-3
68
141
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
73
141
T21
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-2
68
142
T21
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
73
142
T21
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
70
142
T21
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
70
142
T25
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
69
143
T25
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
71
143
T25
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
143
T25
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
71
143
T25
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
73
143
T25
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
74
143
T31
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
76
144
T31
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
72
144
T31
Matt Wallace
ENG
Par
75
144
T31
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
69
144
T35
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
1
75
145
T35
Haotong Li
CHN
1
72
145
T35
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
71
145
T35
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
73
145
T35
Wenchong Liang
CHN
1
73
145
T40
Brian Harman
USA
2
73
146
T40
Brooks Koepka
USA
2
74
146
T40
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
71
146
T40
John Catlin
USA
2
71
146
T40
Scott Vincent
ZIM
2
73
146
T40
Sihwan Kim
KOR
2
74
146
T46
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
75
147
T46
Dustin Johnson
USA
3
73
147
T46
JC Ritchie
RSA
3
76
147
T46
Jason Norris
AUS
3
73
147
T46
Justin Harding
RSA
3
71
147
T46
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
80
147
T52
Adam Bland
AUS
4
76
148
T52
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
72
148
T52
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
72
148
T52
Oliver Bekker
RSA
4
71
148
T52
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
71
148
T52
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
4
76
148
T58
Carl Yuan
CHN
5
71
149
T58
Charley Hoffman
USA
5
75
149
T58
Jason Scrivener
AUS
5
74
149
T58
Jon Rahm
ESP
5
76
149
T58
Julian Suri
USA
5
75
149
T58
Kevin Na
USA
5
74
149
T58
Rory McIlroy
NIR
5
77
149
T58
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
5
74
149
66
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
77
150
T67
Brandt Snedeker
USA
7
76
151
T67
Francesco Molinari
ITA
7
75
151
T67
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
7
74
151
T67
Russell Knox
SCO
7
77
151
T71
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
80
153
T71
Brett Rumford
AUS
9
80
153
T73
Brandon Stone
RSA
10
80
154
T73
William Liu
CHN
10
79
154
75
Bowen Xiao
CHN
11
79
155
76
Yuki Inamori
JPN
12
82
156
77
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
80
160