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Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele snatches Hawaii title

Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele snatches Hawaii title

Schauffele's final round of 62 on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua goes down in PGA Tour history as the equal-second best winning round in relation to par behind only David Duval's 13 under par 59 to win in Palm Springs in 1999 and matches Stuart Appleby's 11 under 59 to win the 2010 Greenbrier event.

California native Schauffele finished at 23 under for a one-shot victory from overnight night leader Gary Woodland (68) while 2017 Kapalua champion Justin Thomas (65) was outright third at 18 under.

Woodland started the day with a three-shot lead but missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th which would have forced a playoff.

Both players produced enough birdies and eagles to threaten eventual victor Xander Schauffele, but Leishman was the leading Australian in a tie for fourth at the winners-only event on Maui.

"I always have birdies in me, which is good, I just need to not miss one-foot putts", Day said.

After his bogey-free 68, Northern Ireland's McIlroy said staying patient would be crucial if he was to notch his 15th career PGA Tour victory.

Xander Schauffele figured he had nothing to lose.

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

"I probably pushed a little too hard, and it didn't really work out for me", McIlroy said.

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They were tied with three holes to play, with Schauffele in the group ahead of Woodland.

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.

"I don't think it will ever be easy because I still believe I was playing well enough to shoot 66 today", Woodland said about not being able to convert a 54-hole lead for the seventh time. "My goal today was to birdie the par-fives and make a couple more and see if that was enough". I had killed the par-5s all week this week, which is what you got to do out here.

Rory McIlroy says blowing several chances to win while playing in final groups past year is his motivation to get the job done at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

"You kind of look around and realize you have nothing to lose", Schauffele said, who is now the first multiple victor of the 2018-19 season. "I regrouped after missing a short one on nine, chipped in there (on 11) and got it rolling".

A run of pars along the closing stretch left McIlroy eight strokes adrift alongside defending champion Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman, while Brooks Koepka lost his world No 1 status after finishing in 24th position.

"I obviously could have shot a better score, but I did what I wanted to do, gave myself plenty of chances, just couldn't get the ball to drop", McIlroy said.

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