Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele snatches Hawaii title

Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele snatches Hawaii title

Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele snatches Hawaii title

American Xander Schauffele, the 2017 Tour Championship victor, jumped out of the pack and ran down Woodland with an incredible final-round of 11-under par 62 that included two eagles - one from a chip-in at the par-five ninth and then a 100-metre wedged hole-out at the par-four 12 hole.

American Gary Woodland, and clearly benefitting from a decision to commence working with putting expert, Phil Kenyon, continues to lead the "winners-only" event finding the "side door" for birdie at the 18th hole and this after brilliantly eagling the par-5 15th hole in an eventual round of 68 for a three-shot lead at 17-under par. He opened the third round mistake free and carded three birdies before the turn.

Schauffele had even opened his round with a bogey but two eagles and eight birdies helped him to victory. Two eagles that he holed from off the green, including a full wedge from 107 yards. He got off to a hot start with two birdies in his opening five holes to get to within two shots of his playing partner, but could only find a solitary bogey for the remainder of the round to end up in a tie for 4th with Dustin Johnson and Schauffele's playing partner Marc Leishman.

Given a chance to watch on TV, Schauffele figured there would be a camera on him.

Before long, he had a lei around his neck and the trophy in his hands, along with one other perk.

"I played great", said Woodland, "I would have liked to see a couple of putts go in early". That included a storming playoff victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October. He's tied for the lead with Gary Woodland.

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He found no consolation in losing to a guy who shot 62 in a Kona wind, the tougher of the two directions on the west end of Maui.

But he added: "I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today". "You have an iron into the par 5 in the middle of the fairway on the last hole, you expect to make birdie".

Overnight leader Tway, who shot a 66 on Thursday despite suffering a sinus infection and ear ache, said he felt much better after sleeping more than 12 hours, though his second round was five shots worse than the first. I had killed the par 5s all week this week, which is what you've got to do out here. "So I knew what (Schauffele) was doing and the competitor in me knew I needed to do one better and unfortunately I didn't get it done".

Xander Schauffele has won his second tournament of the season and became part of a very select group of golfers with a final round of 11 under par at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

"I did not get the best out of my round as I was five-under through 14 holes and you've got 15, 16, 17 and 18 coming in and you feel like you should birdie", said McIlroy.

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