Schauffele Stuns In Hawaii With Closing 62

Schauffele Stuns In Hawaii With Closing 62

Schauffele Stuns In Hawaii With Closing 62

Woodland, who held a three shot lead heading in to the final round, managed a five-under 68 to close out solo second, but came up a shot short of converting his 54-hole lead after failing to birdie the final hole.

His fortunes turned quickly, and it got better with every hole.

But two eagles - the second from 105 yards at the par-four 12th - and eight birdies catapulted the American to his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.

Three holes later Schauffele's title chances were given another boost when his approach shot from 102 yards at the par-4 12th hole dropped for another eagle.

Schauffele tied the course record with his 62, previously held by K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell, Chris Kirk and Jason Day.

"It was a insane day", said Schauffele, who claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory, including the 2017 Tour Championship and the 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions. "I didn't do much leaderboard watching. This was in sort of dramatic fashion and it turned into a birdie fest coming down the stretch". "We kept our head down and tried to run for it". "That's been tough", Woodland said. He closed with a 68. He never shot worse than 68 all week and was the only player in the winners-only field to have all four rounds in the 60s.

"It was frustrating early", Woodland said.

He was still somewhat dazed when he stepped outside the scoring trailer as Woodland was walking off the 18th green, having missed a 10-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff at Kapalua. Justin Thomas carded a 65 to finish alone in third on 274. He rolled it in for his 62 to finish at 23-under 269, and then had to wait.

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

"Obviously, I'm a little upset with the putt (on 18)", Schauffele said. Schauffele is becoming increasingly tough to ignore.

The victory was the second of the season for Schauffele, who won his first World Golf Championships title in the fall at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Woodland said he didn't realize McIlroy had pulled into a tie for the lead on the back nine. "I didn't make a bogey today, so I'll make that a goal tomorrow". I had killed the par-5s all week this week, which is what you got to do out here. "They weren't too happy that the ball went in, so it made me laugh", he said. "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".

Rory McIlroy starts the new year playing in the final group after a 68.

The Northern Irishman hit two birdies and a bogey, ending on 15-under overall alongside Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman.

"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.

"Until you're world No.1, you're chasing".

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