WGC-HSBC Champions R3

McIlroy moves to the top in Shanghai

October 31 – November 03
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
$US10,250,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Rory McIlroy carded a third consecutive round of 67 to take a one shot lead into the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

WGC-HSBC Champions R3 - McIlroy moves to the top
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“I probably played the best today that I’ve played all week. I drove the ball well. Hitting my irons pretty good for the most part. I feel like I didn’t quite get as much out of the round as I could have but I’m not going to complain. I’m in the lead going into tomorrow, so just need to rest up and try to get out there and play another good, solid round of golf.

“I keep saying, I think my consistency this year, I’ve been able to take that to another level to what I’ve been able to do previously. Right now, the game feels pretty simple. I know that it’s not going to feel like that all the time, but when it does, you have to take advantage of that feeling. I’ve given myself another opportunity to win a very big golf tournament, a tournament that I’ve never won before.

“I want to go out there and be committed, play aggressively, and shoot a good number. I took a lot from the win in Canada earlier this year. I went out tied for the lead, and I just said from the start, I’m going to keep my foot down and I’m going to go for everything. It was a good lesson that when you do have something right there, in front of you, a tournament to win or something to achieve, you just have to grab it with both hands, and that’s what I’ll do tomorrow.”


The World Number Two is going in search of a third World Golf Championships title and he was bogey free in moving to 15 under and edging one clear of Louis Oosthuizen.

The South African has a Claret Jug in his trophy collection but has never won a WGC event – losing out in the final of the WGC-Dell Match Play three years ago.

“It was a very fast start. Today I really struck the ball really good with my irons. The driver, I had a few awkward swings out there, but at the end I started hitting it good. So all in all, I feel like I’ve got a really good feel on the greens, and just played really good today.

“I think around this golf course, the way the greens are, if you give yourself lots of opportunities, you’re going to make a few. They are so pure and so good, the greens. It’s the best I’ve seen them.

“I played with Rory the last two rounds last week. He’s absolutely striping it. I need to play really good golf tomorrow.”

A victory for McIlroy would be his first European Tour triumph since 2016 and see him join just Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson in having won three of the four WGC events. The Northern Irishman won his second and latest WGC event in 2015 and since then has had nine top tens in the tournaments, including a fourth top five at Sheshan International Golf Club in 2016.

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and defending champion Xander Schauffele were at 13 under, a shot clear of another Englishman in Paul Waring.

“It was a bit up-and-down,” said Fitzpatrick. “Certainly didn’t have any A Game today. Just didn’t feel comfortable really out there with my drive. The fairways around here are tough, and that was a bit of a grind. To get in at 13 that was good – you’ve got to be on your game.


“Of course you’re looking at leaderboards, and anyone that says otherwise is a liar. You’ve always got it in your mind, that you know what you need to do and at the same time, got to try and stick to the game plan.

“That’s why everybody is here is to win. If not, you may as well go home. It will be a good day tomorrow. Unfortunately, Rory is playing very well. He’s playing very annoying. I’ve got to play well tomorrow and that’s why it’s a World Golf Championships. It’s got the best players in the world.”

Sungjae Im and Jason Kokrak were at 11 under, a shot clear of Abraham Ancer and Kevin Kisner, and two ahead of Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Victor Perez and Matthias Schwab.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-15
67
67
67
201
2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-14
68
69
65
202
T3
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-13
66
67
70
203
T3
Xander Schauffele
USA
-13
66
69
68
203
5
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
73
65
66
204
T6
Jason Kokrak
USA
-11
69
70
66
205
T6
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-11
66
69
70
205
T8
Abraham Ancer
USA
-10
68
71
67
206
T8
Kevin Kisner
USA
-10
72
67
67
206
T10
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
69
72
66
207
T10
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-9
67
71
69
207
T10
Victor Perez
FRA
-9
65
71
71
207
13
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-8
70
69
69
208
14
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-7
69
71
69
209
T15
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-6
75
67
68
210
T15
Patrick Reed
USA
-6
72
69
69
210
T15
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-6
70
70
70
210
T15
Justin Rose
ENG
-6
69
70
71
210
T15
Adam Scott
AUS
-6
66
69
75
210
T15
Haotong Li
CHN
-6
64
72
74
210
21
Bubba Watson
USA
-5
70
69
72
211
T22
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
73
69
70
212
T22
Romain Langasque
FRA
-4
75
68
69
212
T22
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-4
74
67
71
212
T22
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
72
74
66
212
T22
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
70
69
73
212
T27
Billy Horschel
USA
-3
69
71
73
213
T27
Carl Yuan
CHN
-3
69
70
74
213
T27
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-3
72
73
68
213
T30
J. T. Poston
USA
-2
69
73
72
214
T30
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
70
73
71
214
T30
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
68
73
73
214
T30
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
75
69
70
214
T30
Corey Conners
CAN
-2
67
73
74
214
T30
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
73
72
69
214
T30
Tony Finau
USA
-2
69
70
75
214
T30
Charles Howell III
USA
-2
74
73
67
214
T38
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
71
71
73
215
T38
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
70
72
73
215
T38
Kevin Tway
USA
-1
71
72
72
215
T38
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-1
73
71
71
215
T38
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
72
68
75
215
T38
Phil Mickelson
USA
-1
71
69
75
215
T44
Neil Schietekat
RSA
Par
70
72
74
216
T44
Cameron Smith
AUS
Par
70
72
74
216
T44
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
69
73
74
216
T44
Chan Kim
USA
Par
71
70
75
216
T44
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
70
74
72
216
T44
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
71
70
75
216
T44
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
72
72
72
216
T44
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
70
74
72
216
T44
Keegan Bradley
USA
Par
73
72
71
216
T53
Jbe Kruger
RSA
1
71
71
75
217
T53
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
70
73
74
217
T53
Bryce Easton
RSA
1
70
73
74
217
T53
Lucas Glover
USA
1
73
70
74
217
T53
Paul Casey
ENG
1
75
71
71
217
58
Chez Reavie
USA
2
69
74
75
218
59
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
3
74
68
77
219
T60
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
73
73
74
220
T60
Justin Harding
RSA
4
75
74
71
220
T60
Adam Hadwin
CAN
4
74
77
69
220
T63
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
5
70
74
77
221
T63
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
5
70
75
76
221
T63
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
72
75
74
221
T63
Taehee Lee
KOR
5
75
73
73
221
T67
Jake McLeod
AUS
6
70
73
79
222
T67
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
6
69
79
74
222
T69
Danny Willett
ENG
7
68
77
78
223
T69
Wenchong Liang
CHN
7
74
74
75
223
T69
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
7
73
76
74
223
T69
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
7
74
76
73
223
T69
Zecheng Dou
CHN
7
71
80
72
223
T69
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
80
71
72
223
T69
Matt Wallace
ENG
7
69
84
70
223
76
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
10
76
75
75
226
77
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
20
77
80
79
236
RET
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
73
74
147