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 4

Schauffele claims dramatic play-off win in Shanghai

October 24, 2018

Xander Schauffele beat Tony Finau in a play-off to win his first European Tour title at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Schauffele claims dramatic play-off win in Shanghai, © Getty Images

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“It was as nice of a final group as I've ever played in, not that I've played in a whole lot but Rosey and Tony are great guys and you know, I think we were genuinely pulling for each other, even though we were playing against each other. My hat's off to both of them."

“It's a lot to take in honestly. I didn't have an incredible Asian Swing up until this point, so I think that flight home will be a little bit more special."t.

“I felt really good about every part of my game mentally, physically. So with a 68, obviously, it was just enough. Tony played well, as well, but it's tricky to try and fend off when everyone is chasing you.”

Finau entered Sunday at Sheshan International Golf Club with a three-shot lead but Schauffele carded the lowest round of the day with a 68 to reel him in and the duo were locked together at 14 under after 72 holes.

Schauffele found the green in two on the first trip back up the last and with Finau having to lay up after finding a bunker off the tee, a birdie was enough to hand Schauffele the victory.

“Just walking off the green, haven't had a lot of time but definitely feel like I let one get away," said Finau. "Xander played incredible golf today. It was playing tough out there. He posted a number and made birdie on a playoff hole when it counted. Hats off to him. He played nicely today and deserved to win."

“Seemed like we kind of separated ourselves with nine holes to play. Kind of a three-man tournament. So definitely felt that way coming down the stretch, and it was cool to have a chance to win, a real chance to win, and you know, I'll definitely learn from this and keep moving forward.”

Defending champion Justin Rose was right in it throughout the day but had to settle for a 72 after a bogey on the last to finish four shots out of the play-off at ten under.

“Tough day for everybody. You just look at the scoreboard. Seems like everyone fell apart. There was no chasing pack today. Obviously it was a three-horse race all day. It was hard to kind of keep the mistakes off the card completely today."

“It was a fun battle. I was always just one or two shots behind, it felt on the back nine, but I birdied 13 and 14 to give myself a chance, and still had a chance I felt when I hit my iron shot into 17."

“Hit a good iron shot into there and Xander made his putt. I missed my putt. I was two behind playing the last trying to force something there. I was in the hunt, and a decent defence. Yeah, solid week."

“I have events I've got to defend between this week, two left Turkey and Indonesia, and I've never defended a tournament before, so that's the goal for this run is to defend one of them.”

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and American Andrew Putnam were then at eight under, a shot clear of another American in Keegan Bradley.

Schauffele's victory comes in just his 14th European Tour event and moves the Affiliate Member up to fourth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex after top ten finishes at the US Open and Open Championship.

Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjørn Olesen, Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay completed the top ten at five under.

Belgian Thomas Pieters made the first ever hole-in-one at the 12th hole at Sheshan as his six iron off the tee from 197 yards took two bounces and rolled into the cup.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
USA
-14
66
71
69
68
274
2
Tony Finau
USA
-14
66
67
70
71
274
3
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
69
67
70
72
278
T4
Andrew Putnam
USA
-8
70
71
67
72
280
T4
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
68
71
70
71
280
6
Keegan Bradley
USA
-7
69
70
70
72
281
T7
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T7
Patrick Reed
USA
-5
64
72
70
77
283
T7
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
75
69
67
72
283
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
68
68
72
75
283
T11
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
68
72
71
73
284
T11
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
73
72
69
70
284
T11
Jason Day
AUS
-4
71
70
69
74
284
T14
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
70
69
74
72
285
T14
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
68
73
73
71
285
T16
Brooks Koepka
USA
-2
72
74
71
69
286
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
73
68
74
71
286
T18
Adam Scott
AUS
-1
69
73
72
73
287
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
74
69
71
73
287
T18
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-1
75
64
74
74
287
21
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
69
71
74
74
288
T22
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
72
71
69
77
289
T22
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
68
76
70
75
289
T22
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
76
72
71
70
289
T22
Jon Rahm
ESP
1
73
76
69
71
289
T22
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
70
69
78
72
289
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
72
70
74
73
289
T28
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
70
75
70
75
290
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
71
70
76
73
290
T30
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
74
68
74
75
291
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
75
76
68
72
291
T30
Dustin Johnson
USA
3
74
73
73
71
291
T30
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
72
70
77
72
291
T30
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
70
70
75
76
291
T35
Carl Yuan
CHN
4
78
71
70
73
292
T35
Chez Reavie
USA
4
70
73
75
74
292
T37
Pat Perez
USA
5
70
69
80
74
293
T37
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
5
77
71
72
73
293
T37
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
5
72
73
70
78
293
T37
Scott Vincent
ZIM
5
73
73
73
74
293
T41
Branden Grace
RSA
6
72
71
76
75
294
T41
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
6
75
71
74
74
294
T43
Charley Hoffman
USA
7
74
75
74
72
295
T43
Francesco Molinari
ITA
7
76
75
75
69
295
T43
Wenchong Liang
CHN
7
72
73
76
74
295
T46
Brandon Stone
RSA
8
74
80
71
71
296
T46
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
8
72
72
81
71
296
T46
Justin Harding
RSA
8
76
71
72
77
296
T46
Sihwan Kim
KOR
8
72
74
75
75
296
T50
George Coetzee
RSA
9
69
74
76
78
297
T50
Jason Norris
AUS
9
74
73
73
77
297
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
69
75
74
79
297
T50
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
9
72
76
74
75
297
T54
Adam Bland
AUS
10
72
76
73
77
298
T54
Cameron Smith
AUS
10
76
72
72
78
298
T54
Jason Scrivener
AUS
10
75
74
75
74
298
T54
John Catlin
USA
10
75
71
76
76
298
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
10
73
77
75
73
298
T54
Kevin Na
USA
10
75
74
77
72
298
T54
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
10
67
80
70
81
298
T54
Rory McIlroy
NIR
10
72
77
75
74
298
T62
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
11
72
75
75
77
299
T62
Andy Sullivan
ENG
11
72
71
79
77
299
T64
Ashun Wu
CHI
12
73
80
72
75
300
T64
Julian Suri
USA
12
74
75
76
75
300
T64
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
12
75
74
71
80
300
67
Patton Kizzire
USA
13
74
71
76
80
301
68
Russell Knox
SCO
15
74
77
76
76
303
T69
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
16
77
74
79
74
304
T69
Oliver Bekker
RSA
16
77
71
73
83
304
T69
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
80
80
72
72
304
72
Brian Harman
USA
17
73
73
81
78
305
73
William Liu
CHN
18
75
79
77
75
306
74
Yuki Inamori
JPN
18
74
82
73
77
306
75
Brett Rumford
AUS
21
73
80
78
78
309
76
JC Ritchie
RSA
22
71
76
81
82
310
77
Bowen Xiao
CHN
29
76
79
80
82
317
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Xander Schauffele
USA
-14
68
274
2
Tony Finau
USA
-14
71
274
3
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
72
278
T4
Andrew Putnam
USA
-8
72
280
T4
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
71
280
6
Keegan Bradley
USA
-7
72
281
T7
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
72
283
T7
Patrick Reed
USA
-5
77
283
T7
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
72
283
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
75
283
T11
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
73
284
T11
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
70
284
T11
Jason Day
AUS
-4
74
284
T14
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
72
285
T14
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
71
285
T16
Brooks Koepka
USA
-2
69
286
T16
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
71
286
T18
Adam Scott
AUS
-1
73
287
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
73
287
T18
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-1
74
287
21
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
74
288
T22
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
77
289
T22
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
75
289
T22
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
70
289
T22
Jon Rahm
ESP
1
71
289
T22
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
72
289
T22
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
73
289
T28
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
75
290
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
73
290
T30
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
75
291
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
3
72
291
T30
Dustin Johnson
USA
3
71
291
T30
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
3
72
291
T30
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
76
291
T35
Carl Yuan
CHN
4
73
292
T35
Chez Reavie
USA
4
74
292
T37
Pat Perez
USA
5
74
293
T37
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
5
73
293
T37
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
5
78
293
T37
Scott Vincent
ZIM
5
74
293
T41
Branden Grace
RSA
6
75
294
T41
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
6
74
294
T43
Charley Hoffman
USA
7
72
295
T43
Francesco Molinari
ITA
7
69
295
T43
Wenchong Liang
CHN
7
74
295
T46
Brandon Stone
RSA
8
71
296
T46
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
8
71
296
T46
Justin Harding
RSA
8
77
296
T46
Sihwan Kim
KOR
8
75
296
T50
George Coetzee
RSA
9
78
297
T50
Jason Norris
AUS
9
77
297
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
79
297
T50
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
9
75
297
T54
Adam Bland
AUS
10
77
298
T54
Cameron Smith
AUS
10
78
298
T54
Jason Scrivener
AUS
10
74
298
T54
John Catlin
USA
10
76
298
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
10
73
298
T54
Kevin Na
USA
10
72
298
T54
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
10
81
298
T54
Rory McIlroy
NIR
10
74
298
T62
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
11
77
299
T62
Andy Sullivan
ENG
11
77
299
T64
Ashun Wu
CHI
12
75
300
T64
Julian Suri
USA
12
75
300
T64
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
12
80
300
67
Patton Kizzire
USA
13
80
301
68
Russell Knox
SCO
15
76
303
T69
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
16
74
304
T69
Oliver Bekker
RSA
16
83
304
T69
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
16
72
304
72
Brian Harman
USA
17
78
305
73
William Liu
CHN
18
75
306
74
Yuki Inamori
JPN
18
77
306
75
Brett Rumford
AUS
21
78
309
76
JC Ritchie
RSA
22
82
310
77
Bowen Xiao
CHN
29
82
317