WGC-HSBC Champions R2

Fitzpatrick edges ahead of McIlroy in Shanghai

October 31 – November 03
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
$US10,250,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Matthew Fitzpatrick will take a one shot lead into the weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions but he will have World Number Two Rory McIlroy breathing down his neck at Sheshan International Golf Club.

WGC-HSBC Champions R2 - Fitzpatrick edges ahead
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Both men carded rounds of 67 on day two in Shanghai, with Fitzpatrick moving to 11 under and leading the way by one from his 2016 Ryder Cup team-mate.

“The back nine, I putted fantastic, as good as I’ve putted all year. The rough is tough. The greens are firm, they are slopy as well. Today was definitely difficult.

“It’s where you want to be, at the top after two rounds. Obviously better to be there for four, but it’s a good start to the week. Getting a little bit more comfortable with my game than last week, so hopefully carry on over the weekend.


“It’s so important to the fairways here, because you miss them, you’ve either got a terrible lie and hacking out, or you’ve got a good lie and getting a flyer. It’s a big key to hitting fairways around here and if you can keep doing it, you’ll give yourself more chances.”

The 25-year-old is looking to extend an impressive record of having won in every season since he graduated from the Qualifying School in 2014. He has four second places on the 2019 Race to Dubai and a victory on Sunday would be his first in a World Golf Championships event.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be in this position a few times already this year. A little bit different being a WGC. It means a little bit more to everyone. Still the same plan. Still trying to hit fairways and greens, and really that’s the key around here is if you keep it out of the rough, you’ve got a good chance.”

McIlroy has finished second seven times since his last European Tour victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2016 and was happy not to be playing catch up heading into the weekend.

“Delighted with the first two rounds. To put myself right in contention going into the weekend is something that I wanted to do.


“It’s something that I haven’t done a lot of over the last few weeks. I’ve sort of had bad starts and then clawed my way back into a good position at the end but to be right in the tournament after two days, I’m excited.”

“I think my short game has been really good, which takes the pressure off your long game, so I can be a little more free with my long game, go at a few more pins and be a little more aggressive and because of that, I’m hitting it closer and giving myself plenty of chances for birdies.

“If I do miss, I’ve got my short game to ball back on and rely on and I’ve been able to get the ball up-and-down very well the last few months. All of that combined with the second shots, and confidence if I do miss a green, that’s been a key to shooting some of these low scores.”


Defending champion Xander Schauffele, South Korean Sungjae Im and Australian Adam Scott were then at nine under, a shot clear of local hero Li Haotong and Frenchman Victor Perez. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen was at seven under, one clear of Austrian Matthias Schwab and England’s Paul Waring.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-11
66
67
133
2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-10
67
67
134
T3
Xander Schauffele
USA
-9
66
69
135
T3
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-9
66
69
135
T3
Adam Scott
AUS
-9
66
69
135
T6
Haotong Li
CHN
-8
64
72
136
T6
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
65
71
136
8
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-7
68
69
137
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-6
73
65
138
T9
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
67
71
138
T11
Bubba Watson
USA
-5
70
69
139
T11
Kevin Kisner
USA
-5
72
67
139
T11
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
70
69
139
T11
Tony Finau
USA
-5
69
70
139
T11
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
69
70
139
T11
Abraham Ancer
USA
-5
68
71
139
T11
Jason Kokrak
USA
-5
69
70
139
T11
Carl Yuan
CHN
-5
69
70
139
T11
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-5
70
69
139
T20
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
69
71
140
T20
Phil Mickelson
USA
-4
71
69
140
T20
Corey Conners
CAN
-4
67
73
140
T20
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-4
69
71
140
T20
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
72
68
140
T20
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-4
70
70
140
T26
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
74
67
141
T26
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
71
70
141
T26
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
69
72
141
T26
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-3
68
73
141
T26
Chan Kim
USA
-3
71
70
141
T26
Patrick Reed
USA
-3
72
69
141
T32
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
-2
74
68
142
T32
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
73
69
142
T32
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
71
71
142
T32
Matthew Millar
AUS
-2
69
73
142
T32
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
70
72
142
T32
Jbe Kruger
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T32
J. T. Poston
USA
-2
69
73
142
T32
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-2
70
72
142
T32
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
75
67
142
T32
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
70
72
142
T42
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
75
68
143
T42
Kevin Tway
USA
-1
71
72
143
T42
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
70
73
143
T42
Lucas Glover
USA
-1
73
70
143
T42
Bryce Easton
RSA
-1
70
73
143
T42
Jake McLeod
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T42
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
69
74
143
T42
Jordan Spieth
USA
-1
70
73
143
T50
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
70
74
144
T50
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
72
144
T50
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
70
74
144
T50
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T50
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
70
74
144
T50
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
75
69
144
T56
Danny Willett
ENG
1
68
77
145
T56
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
72
73
145
T56
Keegan Bradley
USA
1
73
72
145
T56
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
1
73
72
145
T56
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
1
70
75
145
T61
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
72
74
146
T61
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
73
73
146
T61
Paul Casey
ENG
2
75
71
146
T64
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
72
75
147
T64
Charles Howell III
USA
3
74
73
147
T66
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
4
69
79
148
T66
Taehee Lee
KOR
4
75
73
148
T66
Wenchong Liang
CHN
4
74
74
148
T69
Justin Harding
RSA
5
75
74
149
T69
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
5
73
76
149
71
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
6
74
76
150
T72
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
7
76
75
151
T72
Adam Hadwin
CAN
7
74
77
151
T72
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
80
71
151
T72
Zecheng Dou
CHN
7
71
80
151
76
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
69
84
153
77
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
13
77
80
157
RET
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
73
74
147