Woodland leads McIlroy by three at Tournament of Champions

Sentry Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele wins with course record

Sentry Tournament of Champions: Xander Schauffele wins with course record

Xander Schauffele won the event after starting the final day five strokes off the lead with a almost historic performance. He holed out for an eagle from 107 yards out in the fairway at 12, birdied 14 and 15 and capped his round with back-to-back-birdies to edge his fellow American, who had led four-time major victor Rory McIlroy by three strokes coming into the final round.

It still will depend on Woodland, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour who wants more victories to show for his improved all-around game.

Leishman jumped two spots up the leaderboard after shooting a five-under 68. Northern Ireland's McIlroy, meanwhile, could get nothing going in the final round of his first appearance at the event, which is open only to winners of tour events the previous season. "I didn't press at all, I was very patient", McIlroy said after finishing equal fourth on 15-under-par, eight strokes behind Schauffele. He finished on 277 alongside American Dustin Johnson and Australian Marc Leishman.

Here is a player who burst onto the scene and began winning big events very quickly, most notably while spoiling FedEx Cup victor Justin Thomas' victory lap at the 2017 Tour Championship.

The 29-year-old failed to spark in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and came away empty-handed from the final group for the seventh time in a row in the space of 12 months. He chipped in for eagle at the turn.

Woodland had a chance to force a playoff, but he hit his drive on the par-5 18th so far - 390 yards downhill but into a Kona wind - that he was between clubs. He took his first lead with back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, both times coming close to chipping in for more eagles.

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Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to match four players for the record.

"I think the next step in my career is to learn to be cool under the gun, having a lead and maintaining it", Schauffele said. "We kept our head down and made a run for it".

But Woodland regained control at the par-five 15th, where he rolled in a 64-foot eagle putt to stretch his lead to two, and he birdied the par-five 18th to finish with a 17-under par total of 202.

"This one will sting", Woodland said. "My goal today was to birdie the par-fives and make a couple more and see if that was enough". So I knew what he was doing and the competitor in me knew I needed to do one better. "I played great", Woodland told the Golf Channel. "Hats off to him". He already has two multiple-win seasons in his third year on the PGA Tour. That included a storming playoff victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October.

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

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