WGC-HSBC Champions Recap: Schauffele Jumps to No. 12
WGC-HSBC Champions Recap: Schauffele Jumps to No. 12

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There are two ways to look at what happened at the end of the WGC-HSBC Champions. The first is, Xander Schauffele won yet another big tournament to move to the precipice of joining the elites of the game. The other is, Tony Finau, himself on the brink of being considered among the world's best, somehow didn't close the deal once again.

Schauffele came from three shots behind to catch Finau in the final round at Sheshan International in Shanghai on Sunday, then overtook him with a birdie on the first playoff hole to add a World Golf Championship title to his 2017 Tour Championship victory.

The 25-year-old Californian jumped to No. 12 in the world, leapfrogging among others a couple of pretty big names in Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods. Then comes Finau, also reaching a career best at No. 15. But that has to be of little solace for someone still stuck on one career victory – and in a second-level event at that, the 2016 opposite-field Puerto Rico Open.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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