McIlroy fades as Schauffele claims title in Hawaii

Gary Woodland leads Bryson De Chambeau lurking at Tournament of Champions			Sam Greenwood  Getty Images

Gary Woodland leads Bryson De Chambeau lurking at Tournament of Champions Sam Greenwood Getty Images

The scoring average on Sunday dropped to 69.72, compared to averages for the first three days that hovered above 71, and just a single player in the field (Francesco Molinari) shot over par on Sunday.

The 34-year-old American was more aggressive and fired his second straight six-under 67 to grab a three-shot halfway lead.

"I'll go out and play aggressive tomorrow and make a lot of birdies".

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

Woodland drained a 63-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th hole at Kapalua during a solid 68 that elevated him to 17 under at the winners-only event in Maui.

"Anything that was right-to-left I missed on the high side and anything left-to-right I missed on the low side".

"Well it means I get to come back, which is even better", Schauffele said of qualifying for next year's Tournament of Champions with the victory. "This was in sort of dramatic fashion and it turned into a birdie fest coming down the stretch", said Schauffele as he savoured a fourth PGA Topur triumph and one that lifted him to world No 6.

"You have an iron into the par-5 in the middle of the fairway on the last hole and you expect to make birdie".

He started the final round with a three-shot lead and closed with a bogey-free 68.

Woodland, one of the most athletic figures in golf, gave him a smile and a playful push on the shoulder. He set tournament marks with the lowest closing round by a victor and the largest 18-hole comeback (five shots).

Schauffele wasn't finished. He hammered a 3-wood onto the green at the 18th to about 12 feet, narrowly missing his third eagle of the final round.

"The front nine's the tough nine on this golf course, and I had a couple opportunities, but I just thought if I could get through that first nine under par, I would have a few chances on the back nine".

As for Leishman, a two under 71 left him feeling like he'd had a bad day in comparison to Schauffele.

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"I've just got to go about my business".

"I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today".

'So just pushing a little too much too early and trying to really force myself to hitting shots or hitting it into positions where I don't really need to and just being patient, it's 18 holes.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 74 and slipped seven strokes behind the lead, said he did not blame a marshal for his role in incurring a two-stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball.

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