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Final 2018 WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard

The final WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard, where Xander Schauffele edged out Tony Finau in Shanghai

 

WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard:

PositionNameNationScore
1Xander SchauffeleUnited States-14 *
2Tony FinauUnited States-14
3Justin RoseEngland-10
T4Andrew Putnam
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
United States
Thailand
-8
6Keegan BradleyUnited States-7
T7Patrick Reed
Tommy Fleetwood
Patrick Cantlay
Thorbjorn Olesen
United States
England
United States
Denmark
-5
* Schauffele defeated Finau in a sudden-death playoff

What happened at the WGC-HSBC Champions

Well, what a finish at Sheshan International. Tony Finau had led by three going into the final round thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie finish on Saturday. But at the 72nd hole he was level with playing partner Xander Schauffele and the pair were two clear of the third player of their group, defending champion Justin Rose.

Finau and Schauffele left themselves eagle putts at the par-5 finishing hole, only for Rose’s approach to knock Schauffele’s ball into the water. The crowd fell silent. They did not have the advantage of a commentator like the rest of the watching world. Schauffele’s ball, we were told, would of course be replaced.

While Rose got up and down from the edge of the drink for a 6 to finish at 10-under, the American pair both two-putted to force extra holes.

So they returned to the 18th tee, from which Finau found the sand and was forced to lay up. It proved to be the shot that handed the title to his opponent as Schauffele tapped in for birdie which proved enough.

Rose’s third-place is significant for two reasons: Firstly, it means Tiger Woods remains the only player to ever defend a WGC event. And secondly, Brooks Koepka will stay at World No 1, with Rose moving above Dustin Johnson into second.

Click here for the full round-up from the WGC-HSBC Champions, including highlights and the main talking point of the week.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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