Justin Rose was eight-shot back on Saturday
Justin Rose wins WGC-HSBC Champions
Justin Rose the man of the day triumphed at WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Thomas was sharing fourth place with Brian Harman at nine-under 207, an eight-shot deficit from the leader Dustin Thomas at 17-under, this is his eighth title on the PGA Tour, the last one came at the 2015 New Orleans Zurich Classic.
Rose posted rounds of 67, 68, 72 & 67 to take his total to 14-under 274 helping him win by two shots over Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, & the man who kept the lead to himself for most of the time at the event, Dustin Johnson.
He shot 31 on the back nine, getting into the game with birdies on the 13th and 14th, saving par with a 10-foot putt on the 15th, and then taking the lead with a birdie on the reachable par-4 16th and perhaps his best shot of the day into 3 feet on the par-3 17th.
“It’s unbelievable,” Rose said. “We all know the position DJ was in, and I think today was the kind of day that the leader probably didn’t want. Well, you want a six-shot lead anytime, but this is the kind of day where that kind of swing is possible.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 29, 2017
Koepka, Stenson & Johnson trio finished second
Brooks Koepka finished the event with rounds of 64, 68, 73 & 71, for a total score of 12-under 276. Whats interesting to know, Koepka led the field with his eight-under 68 round on Day 1 but eventually losing the top spot to Dustin Johnson on Friday, he made some impressive move with three birdies on first four holes on Saturday, eventually stealing the lead from Johnson, before losing it due to a triple-bogey on the eighth hole.
Dustin Johnson was sharing 11th-place with the finish of Day 1 in Shanghai, later taking the top spot for two whole days, including a massive six-shot lead to enter the final round.
Everything looked all set for him to become the only player in history to win three WGC events in a calendar year, but it was not possible with the surprise surge of Rose and a dismal final round of five-over 77 consisting five bogeys.
Johnson posted 22 birdies on first three days of the event but failed to make even one in the wind-blown final round.
Henrik Stenson was quick enough to take advantage of the situation where he finished for a final round two-under 70 to a shared second place on the board, a one place improvement from Saturday. Stenson posted rounds of 68, 69, 69 and 70, his final round 70 consisted four birdies and two bogeys.
Following the four are Rafa Cabrera Bello, Peter Uihlein, and Kyle Stanley who share the fifth spot with their scores of eight-under 280.
The Wells Fargo Champ Brian Harman lost four spots in the final round for an eight place with his score of two-over 74 for the day, taking his total to seven-under 281.
Sharing the ninth places were Bernd Wiesberger and the winner of British Masters Matthew Fitzpatrick, at six-under 282, with their final round scores of 71 & 73 respectively.
SSP Chawrasia, the only Indian hope
SSP Chawrasia was sharing the 33rd place on Saturday and with his final round 72 and a total score of one-under 287 he now shares 31st place with Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Alexander Levy, and Matt Kuchar.
Chawrasia posted rounds of 72, 70, 73 and 72, his final round 72 consisted four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 1st.
The Defending champ, Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama was not looking strong from Day 1 at the event, with his rounds of 74, 74, 72 & 72 he managed to secure him a shared 50th place with his total score of four-over 292, entering the event was fans favorite to win the event.
Matsuyama posted four birdies and four bogeys in his final round 72 performance, helping him share his place with Fabrizio Zanotti, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Haotong Li, Hudson Swafford, and Lucas Glover.
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