WGC-HSBC Champions R4

Rory McIlroy edges out Xander Schauffele

October 31 – November 03
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China
$US10,250,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Rory McIlroy edged out Xander Schauffele in a play-off to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

WGC-HSBC Champions R4 - Rory McIlroy wins
Rory McIlroy has won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai (Ng Han Guan/AP)

The world number two won at the first extra hole at the Sheshan International Golf Club after the pair both finished on 19 under.

Schauffele, the defending champion, had birdied the 18th to take the event into a play-off but he could only score par as the pair played it again in sudden death.

McIlroy, who had to lay up after flirting with water on his first playing of the 18th, duly sank a birdie putt to claim his 27th career title.

It was also McIlroy’s third win in a World Golf Championships event, his fourth win of 2019 and the first in his defence of the FedEX Cup title. It lifted him to the top of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and fifth in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings.

McIlroy told Sky Sports: “It’s a tough closing stretch even though there are holes you think you should birdie. There are dangers waiting around every corner.

“I played conservatively when I needed to and thankfully it paid off.”

McIlroy shot four birdies in his closing 68 while fast-finishing Schauffele recorded seven birdies, five of which were on the front nine, in a 66, although a bogey at the sixth was to prove costly.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen finished third on 17 under after a 69, two shots ahead of Victor Perez, Matthias Schwab and Abraham Ancer. Britain’s Matt Fitzpatrick finished seventh on 14 under.

WGC-HSBC Champions R4 - Rory McIlroy wins
Rory McIlroy said he played conservatively when he had to on his way to victory in Shanghai (Ng Han Guan/AP)

McIlroy now hopes to round off 2019 with success on the European circuit’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai later this month.

The Northern Irishman said: “I got off to a good start in the FedEx Cup last year and being up there from the start is huge.


“I think this win gets me to number one in the FedEx Cup and that’s nice going into the break. I’m going to take two months off after I play in Dubai in a couple of weeks’ time.

“I am looking forward to that break but I have still got one tournament left this year at a place where I’ve had some success. I want to finish the year on a high note.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-19
67
67
67
68
269
2
Xander Schauffele
USA
-19
66
69
68
66
269
3
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-17
68
69
65
69
271
T4
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-15
67
71
69
66
273
T4
Victor Perez
FRA
-15
65
71
71
66
273
T4
Abraham Ancer
USA
-15
68
71
67
67
273
7
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-14
66
67
70
71
274
T8
Patrick Reed
USA
-12
72
69
69
66
276
T8
Jason Kokrak
USA
-12
69
70
66
71
276
T8
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
73
65
66
72
276
T11
Adam Scott
AUS
-11
66
69
75
67
277
T11
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-11
75
67
68
67
277
T11
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-11
66
69
70
72
277
T14
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-10
72
73
68
65
278
T14
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-10
69
71
69
69
278
T14
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-10
70
69
69
70
278
T17
Carl Yuan
CHN
-9
69
70
74
66
279
T17
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-9
70
69
73
67
279
T17
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
69
72
66
72
279
T20
Corey Conners
CAN
-8
67
73
74
66
280
T20
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-8
70
70
70
70
280
T22
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-7
72
74
66
69
281
T22
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-7
74
67
71
69
281
T24
Keegan Bradley
USA
-6
73
72
71
66
282
T24
J. T. Poston
USA
-6
69
73
72
68
282
T24
Billy Horschel
USA
-6
69
71
73
69
282
T24
Haotong Li
CHN
-6
64
72
74
72
282
T28
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-5
70
72
73
68
283
T28
Phil Mickelson
USA
-5
71
69
75
68
283
T28
Scott Hend
AUS
-5
75
69
70
69
283
T28
Bubba Watson
USA
-5
70
69
72
72
283
T28
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
69
70
71
73
283
T28
Kevin Kisner
USA
-5
72
67
67
77
283
T34
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
70
74
72
68
284
T34
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
73
69
70
72
284
T36
Andrew Putnam
USA
-3
71
71
73
70
285
T36
Charles Howell III
USA
-3
74
73
67
71
285
T38
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
73
71
71
71
286
T38
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
70
74
72
70
286
T38
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
68
73
73
72
286
T38
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
75
71
71
69
286
T38
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
-2
70
75
76
65
286
T43
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
72
72
72
71
287
T43
Bryce Easton
RSA
-1
70
73
74
70
287
T43
Jordan Spieth
USA
-1
70
73
74
70
287
T46
Chan Kim
USA
Par
71
70
75
72
288
T46
Romain Langasque
FRA
Par
75
68
69
76
288
T46
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
74
77
69
68
288
T49
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
1
70
73
71
75
289
T49
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
71
70
75
73
289
T49
Lucas Glover
USA
1
73
70
74
72
289
T49
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
1
74
68
77
70
289
T53
Sergio Garcia
ESP
2
72
68
75
75
290
T53
Tony Finau
USA
2
69
70
75
76
290
T53
Justin Harding
RSA
2
75
74
71
70
290
T53
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
2
74
76
73
67
290
T57
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
73
72
69
77
291
T57
Neil Schietekat
RSA
3
70
72
74
75
291
T57
Jake McLeod
AUS
3
70
73
79
69
291
T60
Kevin Tway
USA
4
71
72
72
77
292
T60
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
70
72
74
76
292
T60
Jbe Kruger
RSA
4
71
71
75
75
292
T60
Chez Reavie
USA
4
69
74
75
74
292
T60
Matt Wallace
ENG
4
69
84
70
69
292
T65
Taehee Lee
KOR
6
75
73
73
73
294
T65
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
70
74
77
73
294
T67
Matthew Millar
AUS
7
69
73
74
79
295
T67
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
7
69
79
74
73
295
T67
Zecheng Dou
CHN
7
71
80
72
72
295
T70
Richard Sterne
RSA
8
72
75
74
75
296
T70
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
8
73
76
74
73
296
72
Zander Lombard
RSA
10
73
73
74
78
298
T73
Ashun Wu
CHI
11
80
71
72
76
299
T73
Danny Willett
ENG
11
68
77
78
76
299
T73
Wenchong Liang
CHN
11
74
74
75
76
299
76
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
16
76
75
75
78
304
77
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
21
77
80
79
73
309
RET
Ian Poulter
ENG
Par
73
74
147