Schauffele completes dazzling PGA Tour win

Schauffele completes dazzling PGA Tour win

Schauffele completes dazzling PGA Tour win

Scoring conditions in the PGA Tour's first event of the season are expected to be ideal on Sunday as the winds that have gusted throughout the tournament are expected to die down. He holed a wedge from 107 yards for another eagle on No. 12. Two eagle chips he almost made, one hitting the left edge of the cup, the other stopping inches away in the heart.

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.

Woodland, one of the most athletic figures in golf, gave him a smile and a playful push on the shoulder.

But, Woodland wasn't the only to courageous the course known for its howling winds.

American Gary Woodland, and clearly benefitting from a decision to commence working with putting expert, Phil Kenyon, continues to lead the "winners-only" event finding the "side door" for birdie at the 18th hole and this after brilliantly eagling the par-5 15th hole in an eventual round of 68 for a three-shot lead at 17-under par.

Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie for a 61 that tied the course record at Kapalua held by four other players. He set tournament marks with the lowest closing round by a victor and the largest 18-hole comeback (five shots). "But I knew I wanted to be prepared coming in. We kept our head down and made a run for it".

He missed it but his birdie was enough to earn a fourth PGA Tour victory and a rise to No.6 in the world rankings.

That's four career titles in 18 months, enough to move Schauffele to No. 6 in the world ranking. He had a 68 and was well in range, four shots behind.

McIlroy, opening his year at Kapalua for the first time, couldn't take advantage of the two par-fives on the back nine.

"It was frustrating early", Woodland said.

Woodland has never won on the PGA Tour in the six previous times he had the 54-hole lead in stroke play.

The Northern Irishman has always hit his driver high but past year realized he needed a shot off the tee that he could rely on when he simply had to get his golf ball into the fairway. It was the first birdie on No. 17 in the final round. His shot of the day came on the par-5 15th when he drained a 63-foot eagle putt to create separation between him and the field.

But he couldn't keep up at the end.

Former champion Justin Thomas was outright third at 18 under courtesy of a 65. And then he had to wait. He tried to draw a hard 4-iron and left it out to the right, hit a pitch-and-run to 10 feet and missed the birdie putt. I had killed the par-5s all week this week, which is what you got to do out here.

"I've had that (relaxed) mindset a couple times that I've been here, not prepared, excited to be here", Woodland said.

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