Xander Shauffele Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Xander Schauffele celebrates after winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in China

Shanghai, China - Starting the final round 3 shots behind 54 hole leader Tony

Finau at the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions, Xander Schauffele

fired a final round 68, getting hot down the stretch making 3 straight birdies

(two to finish regulation and a third on the first hole of the playoff) to defeat

Finau in Shanghai.


At just 25, the start of Scauffele's career has been overshadowed by the

success of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, but as a rookie he challenged

last June at Erin Hills during the U.S Open (finishing 5th), then qualified for

the Tour Championship and beat the field of top 30 (in the Fedex Cup standings)

at East Lake. In season two, Schauffele was winless, but he did contend at

TPC Sawgrass and finished fifth at the Open Championship at Carnoustie.


With rounds of 66-71-69-68 (-14) Schauffele (and Finau) finished four shots

ahead of defending Champion Justin Rose who was solo third after posting

a final round 72.


"I was definitely in sort of an attack mode, and I was hitting good shots

all day, making good putts. I was doing everything that I needed to do,"

Schauffele said. "It was a finish we needed, and it feels good to clutch

up when necessary."


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