WGC-HSBC Champions: Rory McIlroy beats Xander Schauffele in play-off to win in China


Rory McIlroy (factual) shakes hands with Xander Schauffele after edging the play-off
WGC-HSBC Champions third-spherical leaderboard (McIlroy wins after first play-off gap)
-19*R McIlroy (NI), X Schauffele (US);-17L Oosthuizen (SA);-15M Schwab (Swi), V Perez (Fra), A Ancer (Mex);-14M Fitzpatrick (Eng)
Selected others:-12P Waring (Eng);-10T Hatton (Eng);-5J Rose (Eng)
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Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has received the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai after a play-off.

The 30-three hundred and sixty five days-extinct beat defending champion Xander Schauffele after the pair were tied at 19 below par after four rounds.

Schauffele, 26, sunk a six-foot birdie putt on the final to power the play-off with the four-time main champion.

Within the principle play-off gap McIlroy’s birdie used to be satisfactory to real his fourth title of the three hundred and sixty five days after the American might perhaps presumably well also finest to find par.

McIlroy, who went bogey-free over the final two rounds, might perhaps presumably well also finest par on the 18th in spherical four after a unfortunate power and missed a 25-footer to take an outright victory at Sheshan International.

“I got lucky in regulation no longer to head within the water after which it used to be a reduction to hit these two shots within the play-off,” McIlroy said of his system within the play-off, after winning his twenty sixth worldwide title.

He added: “It used to be a absolute best [yardage] for a four-iron encourage into the wind moderately of bit.

“You are going to have gotten to take every little thing else out of the equation and beautiful hit the shot.”

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American Schauffele, who would have been the principle participant to take the title had he received, started the day two shots encourage but a final-spherical six-below 66 brought him diploma with the sector number two.

On the other hand, after being unable to match McIlroy within the play-off he admitted: “When he is on, I’d narrate he is arguably the exact participant within the sector.”

South African Louis Oosthuizen’s fourth spherical 69 used to be satisfactory to real him third assign, two shots on the encourage of the leaders.

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick,who led after the 2nd spherical,had a mixed Sunday which included an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys to complete on 14 below and fifth on the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Victor Perez, Matthias Schwab and Abraham Ancer finished tied for fourth on 15 below.

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