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Schauffele shoots 62 to win Tournament of Champions

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77   //    07 Jan 2019, 09:46 IST
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American Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele carded a record-equalling 11-under 62 to edge out Gary Woodland and win the Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Schauffele, who won the WGC-HSBC Champions in October 2018, climbed up the leaderboard behind eight birdies and two eagles.

The only blemish on his scorecard was a bogey on the par-four first hole. But, he followed that by firing off four birdies in five holes on the front nine and made the turn after an eagle on the par-five ninth.

Schauffele finished the tournament at 23 under after equalling the course record with his 62, securing a fourth PGA Tour win.

He had to hold off Woodland, who was fighting to get back on top. Schauffele has birdied the 72nd hole to either win by one stroke or force a play-off in each of his career victories.

Woodland, who started the day with a three-shot lead, did not have a single hiccup with five birdies in the final round at the Kapalua Plantation Course in Hawaii. His mistake-free round was enough to keep him neck and neck with Schauffele as the two were tied going into the final hole.

But, Woodland ultimately finished the final day with a five-under 68 to be at 22 under.

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Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson climbed the leaderboard to claim third and equal fourth place respectively. Thomas finished the week at 18 under after nine birdies in his final round – like Schauffele, he also opened with a bogey. Johnson was mistake-free in his last round, shooting par or better to finish at 15 under.

Marc Leishman and Rory McIlroy joined Johnson in a tie for fourth.

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