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 3

Big finish hands Finau Shanghai lead

October 27, 2018

Tony Finau birdied his last three holes in the third round to take a three-shot lead into the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Big finish hands Finau Shanghai lead, © Getty Images

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“It was great to birdie the last three. It's always a nice way to finish no matter what position you're in. I didn't have a lot going my way, kind of for the first half of the day, and Rosey was making his run. I was just really pleased I was able to finish that way and get some momentum going into tomorrow."

“I'm looking forward to tomorrow. 18 holes, I've got a world-class field chasing after me. This is the position you want to be in and you know, I'll be looking to close out my first tournament in this position, which is exciting for me. Whether it happens or not, it's an experience that you learn from and you continue to move forward."

“So I put myself in a great position going into tomorrow, and I'm going to have fun no matter the outcome and hopefully make a lot of birdies and have those guys have to do something special tomorrow to beat me.”

The American started Saturday with that advantage before defending champion Justin Rose reeled him in and moved two ahead with two to play on a dramatic day at Sheshan International Golf Club.

But while Finau completed his big finish to get to 13 under, Englishman Rose dropped three shots on the final two holes to sit three off the lead alongside American duo Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele.

“I played well today," said Rose. "It was a good group to be a part of, obviously all right there. I guess the three of us were leading all day pretty much. I know Tommy got it going. Looked like he had a bit of a mistake at the par five."

“Tough finished. Missed it in the spot you can't miss it on 17 and that's such a disaster of an area. You can't drop it. You can't chip it. You can't do anything down there. So that took about half an hour."

“I'm playing well, so I've got to go out tomorrow. Shoot maybe something in the mid 60s and see if I can chase Tony down. Obviously, there's three guys at ten-under who are all going to be chasing pretty hard but nothing to lose tomorrow. It's going to take a good round. I'm playing well, feeling good. Just got to put that last couple holes behind me and come out a little bit angry tomorrow.”

Reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood was then five shots off the lead alongside America's Andrew Putnam.

Finau's round of 70 put him in pole position to claim his first European Tour win at just the 20th attempt but the chasing pack have plenty to play for in Shanghai. A win for Rose could move him back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, while a Reed victory could put him top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Fleetwood could also move to the top of the Race to Dubai standings, while Schauffele and Putnam are both still seeking their first European Tour wins.

“Got a little bit closer," said Schauffele. "Like you said, there are a few lip outs. Wind was swirling again like the last few days and just happy to come out on top."

“I think I'll probably have a word with my caddie tonight. Try and stick to whatever process we come up with and try and slow down what I do. There's a lot of decisions to be made out here on the golf course with the wind swirling. If we can stay in each shot and not get ahead of ourselves, I think that will be the key to success.”

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and American Keegan Bradley both fired rounds of 70 to sit at seven under, with Australian Jason Day at six under, a shot clear of Thorbjørn Olesen, Patrick Cantlay and Billy Horschel.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Tony Finau
USA
-13
66
67
70
203
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
69
67
70
206
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-10
64
72
70
206
T2
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
66
71
69
206
T5
Andrew Putnam
USA
-8
70
71
67
208
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
68
68
72
208
T7
Keegan Bradley
USA
-7
69
70
70
209
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-7
68
71
70
209
9
Jason Day
AUS
-6
71
70
69
210
T10
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
68
72
71
211
T10
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
70
68
73
211
T10
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
75
69
67
211
13
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
72
71
69
212
T14
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
70
69
74
213
T14
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
75
64
74
213
T16
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
69
73
72
214
T16
Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
74
69
71
214
T16
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
68
76
70
214
T16
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
73
72
69
214
T16
Ian Poulter
ENG
-2
69
71
74
214
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
68
73
73
214
T22
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
70
75
70
215
T22
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
73
68
74
215
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
70
75
215
T22
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
72
73
70
215
T26
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
74
68
74
216
T26
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
72
70
74
216
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
71
70
76
217
T28
Brooks Koepka
USA
1
72
74
71
217
T28
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
70
69
78
217
T28
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
1
67
80
70
217
T32
Chez Reavie
USA
2
70
73
75
218
T32
Jon Rahm
ESP
2
73
76
69
218
T32
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
69
75
74
218
T35
Branden Grace
RSA
3
72
71
76
219
T35
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
75
76
68
219
T35
Carl Yuan
CHN
3
78
71
70
219
T35
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
76
72
71
219
T35
George Coetzee
RSA
3
69
74
76
219
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
72
70
77
219
T35
Justin Harding
RSA
3
76
71
72
219
T35
Pat Perez
USA
3
70
69
80
219
T35
Scott Vincent
ZIM
3
73
73
73
219
T44
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
4
75
71
74
220
T44
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
76
72
72
220
T44
Dustin Johnson
USA
4
74
73
73
220
T44
Jason Norris
AUS
4
74
73
73
220
T44
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
77
71
72
220
T44
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
4
75
74
71
220
T50
Adam Bland
AUS
5
72
76
73
221
T50
Oliver Bekker
RSA
5
77
71
73
221
T50
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
74
71
76
221
T50
Sihwan Kim
KOR
5
72
74
75
221
T50
Wenchong Liang
CHN
5
72
73
76
221
T55
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
6
72
75
75
222
T55
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
72
71
79
222
T55
John Catlin
USA
6
75
71
76
222
T55
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
6
72
76
74
222
59
Charley Hoffman
USA
7
74
75
74
223
T60
Jason Scrivener
AUS
8
75
74
75
224
T60
Rory McIlroy
NIR
8
72
77
75
224
T62
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
73
80
72
225
T62
Brandon Stone
RSA
9
74
80
71
225
T62
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
9
72
72
81
225
T62
Jorge Campillo
ESP
9
73
77
75
225
T62
Julian Suri
USA
9
74
75
76
225
T67
Francesco Molinari
ITA
10
76
75
75
226
T67
Kevin Na
USA
10
75
74
77
226
T69
Brian Harman
USA
11
73
73
81
227
T69
Russell Knox
SCO
11
74
77
76
227
71
JC Ritchie
RSA
12
71
76
81
228
72
Yuki Inamori
JPN
13
74
82
73
229
73
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
14
77
74
79
230
T74
Brett Rumford
AUS
15
73
80
78
231
T74
William Liu
CHN
15
75
79
77
231
76
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
80
80
72
232
77
Bowen Xiao
CHN
19
76
79
80
235
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Tony Finau
USA
-13
70
203
T2
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
70
206
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-10
70
206
T2
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
69
206
T5
Andrew Putnam
USA
-8
67
208
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
72
208
T7
Keegan Bradley
USA
-7
70
209
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-7
70
209
9
Jason Day
AUS
-6
69
210
T10
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
71
211
T10
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
73
211
T10
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
67
211
13
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
69
212
T14
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
74
213
T14
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
74
213
T16
Adam Scott
AUS
-2
72
214
T16
Alexander Noren
SWE
-2
71
214
T16
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
70
214
T16
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
69
214
T16
Ian Poulter
ENG
-2
74
214
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
73
214
T22
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
70
215
T22
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
74
215
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
75
215
T22
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-1
70
215
T26
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
74
216
T26
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
74
216
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
76
217
T28
Brooks Koepka
USA
1
71
217
T28
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
78
217
T28
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
1
70
217
T32
Chez Reavie
USA
2
75
218
T32
Jon Rahm
ESP
2
69
218
T32
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
74
218
T35
Branden Grace
RSA
3
76
219
T35
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
68
219
T35
Carl Yuan
CHN
3
70
219
T35
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
71
219
T35
George Coetzee
RSA
3
76
219
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
77
219
T35
Justin Harding
RSA
3
72
219
T35
Pat Perez
USA
3
80
219
T35
Scott Vincent
ZIM
3
73
219
T44
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
4
74
220
T44
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
72
220
T44
Dustin Johnson
USA
4
73
220
T44
Jason Norris
AUS
4
73
220
T44
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
72
220
T44
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
4
71
220
T50
Adam Bland
AUS
5
73
221
T50
Oliver Bekker
RSA
5
73
221
T50
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
76
221
T50
Sihwan Kim
KOR
5
75
221
T50
Wenchong Liang
CHN
5
76
221
T55
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
6
75
222
T55
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
79
222
T55
John Catlin
USA
6
76
222
T55
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
6
74
222
59
Charley Hoffman
USA
7
74
223
T60
Jason Scrivener
AUS
8
75
224
T60
Rory McIlroy
NIR
8
75
224
T62
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
72
225
T62
Brandon Stone
RSA
9
71
225
T62
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
9
81
225
T62
Jorge Campillo
ESP
9
75
225
T62
Julian Suri
USA
9
76
225
T67
Francesco Molinari
ITA
10
75
226
T67
Kevin Na
USA
10
77
226
T69
Brian Harman
USA
11
81
227
T69
Russell Knox
SCO
11
76
227
71
JC Ritchie
RSA
12
81
228
72
Yuki Inamori
JPN
13
73
229
73
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
14
79
230
T74
Brett Rumford
AUS
15
78
231
T74
William Liu
CHN
15
77
231
76
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
72
232
77
Bowen Xiao
CHN
19
80
235