Schauffele ties course record, wins at Kapalua

Lynette Rowe
January 9, 2019

The challenge now is to finish off the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year opened with a bogey, but reeled off four birdies and an eagle to make the turn in 6-under 31.

"Obviously I could have shot a better score, but I did what I wanted to do. I didn't press at all, I was very patient", McIlroy told reporters.

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He played the final round of the first major of 2018 with eventual victor Patrick Reed at the Masters but faded to finish equal fifth.

He was beaten each time. "I didn't have a bogey today and I can go out and make that a goal tomorrow", he said.

Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record with an 11-under 62 on Sunday, and he needed every shot to beat Gary Woodland by one shot and win the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Having opened with rounds of 69-68-68 to find himself in the final group on the last day at Kapalua, the Northern Irishman was a touch disappointed to sign off with a one-under-par 72 in the event for 2018 winners on the USA circuit.

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At the 305-yard par-4 14th hole, McIlroy hit his first tee shot to trouble having to take a drop his second drive went to trouble having to hit his next out of left greenside bunker before getting on the green in 3 and finishing with a bogey.

Schauffele finished at 23-under 269, and then watched from the scoring trailer as Woodland missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th that would have forced a playoff. "I knew it was going to be a birdie-fest at the end. Definitely will have a little extra emotion with me, but we'll get through it".

The 25-year-old hit a similarly impressive approach at the last, a fairway-metal from 270 yards that he drew into the heart of the green before two-putting from 12 feet.

In all four of his victories, he had to rally on the final day. I would have had to have gone out there and shot nine-under-par.

"I probably pushed a little too hard, and it didn't really work out for me", McIlroy said. He already has two multiple-win seasons in his third year on the PGA Tour.

After the 24th of the 29 second-place finishes he recorded before winning the first of his three Majors in 2007, Harrington said: "So long as I am learning, I am okay".

It was a tough loss for Woodland, who has yet to win in stroke play the three times he has held the 54-hole lead. I'm playing well enough where I don't have to play conservative.

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