SCHAUFFELE JUMPS TO WORLD NO.6
Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record at Kapalua 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 jumping to a career best of World No.6.
Schauffele started the final round five shots out of the lead and opened with a bogey.
His fortunes turned quickly, and it got better with every hole. He ran off three straight birdies. He chipped in from the front of the green on the par-5 ninth for eagle. He holed a wedge from 107 yards for another eagle on No. 12. 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.
Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to match four players for the record.
"It was a crazy day," Schauffele said after his fourth career PGA TOUR victory, and second in as many starts this season. "I didn't do much leaderboard watching. I knew it was going to be a birdie fest at the end. We kept our head down and made a run for it."
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 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.
It was a tough loss for Woodland. He started the final round with a three-shot lead and closed with a bogey-free 68. He never shot worse than 68 all week and was the only player in the winners-only field to have all four rounds in the 60s.
It still wasn't enough.
"This one will sting," Woodland said.