Finau fights off defending champ Rose in Shanghai

McIlroy finished eight strokes off the pace

McIlroy finished eight strokes off the pace

A stunning five-shot swing over the final two holes of Saturday's third round enabled Tony Finau regain control of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai as defending champion Justin Rose slipped back into a tie for second.

Now he has three victories, the last two at the Tour Championship to end the 2017 season and now a World Golf Championship.

Schauffele, who turned 25 on Thursday, mixed six birdies with two bogeys for a fourth round four-under 68 to rein in Finau, who started the day with a three-stroke advantage and finished with a 71. That's a low-stress way to win a professional golf tournament, even though Finau made a pretty good roll at birdie to extend the playoff. "I'm really pleased to still have the lead going into tomorrow".

"I was definitely in sort of an attack mode, and I was hitting good shots all day, making good putts", said Schauffele.

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Rose, who seized on a final-round collapse by 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson to win a year ago, looked sharp but was happy to escape with a 69 after he closed both the front and back nines with bogeys.

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Both hit outstanding approaches to reach the green on the par-5 hole in two, and each sank birdie putts to finish the 72 holes in 14 under and set up the playoff. "I played nicely and was happy with the way I finished. It was possibly an eight-under round with the chances that I had", said the world number three.

The Masters champion looked certain to drop another shot on the par-5 18th when his tee shot bounded off the side of a hill and into the water.

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Teeing off with a three-stroke lead over Rose and Reed, Finau faltered with a pair of early bogeys and couldn't get back to par for most of his round, as four birdies on the front nine put Rose in front. He birdied the first playoff hole - No. 18 - to seal the win.

Brooks Koepka, playing his first tournament as the No. 1 player in the world golf rankings, rallied to card a 69 on Sunday.

Local favourite Ajeetesh Sandhu (70) held on to third spot while Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai (72) slipped from his overnight joint lead to fourth positio. The 53-year-old Parel jumped from sixth to second in the season standings, with the top 36 qualifying for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in two weeks at Phoenix Country Club.

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