Late rally lets Tony Finau keep 3-shot lead in HSBC

Schauffele was playing alongside Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton

Fellow American Xander Schauffle and Reed's Ryder Cup teammate Tony Finau finished tied for second, two strokes back at six-under, while last year's victor Justin Rose was in a pack of golfers at 69. "There are three guys at 10 under who are all going to be chasing pretty hard, but nothing to lose tomorrow".

"It was a hard-fought match", Schauffele said, "and it's a bummer, because Tony and I get along really well". "I was happy just to make a few birdies coming down the stretch".

Utah's Tony Finau earned the largest paycheck of his professional career Sunday with a million-dollar payday - $1,072,000 to be exact - at the HSBC Champions Tournament Shanghai, China, one of the four World Golf Championships for the top golfers in the world. It was one of those days that you easily could have shot 76 or 77 with playing out of the rough all day and hitting three balls in the water. Schauffele's second shot into the par-5 18th landed on the putting surface and rolled just over the back as the 25-year-old American said, "Sit!" six times before it settled just off the green.

Finau, who teed off with a three-stroke lead, is known on the tour for his upbeat approach to the game, and it came in handy after he surrendered the leaderboard to the English world number three Rose with two bogeys on a shaky front nine at Shanghai's Sheshan International Golf Club. Fitzpatrick recovered well to shoot 67 after two bogeys in his opening four holes. It not only was the second triple bogey this week for McIlroy, he has had five scores of 6 or higher on his card this week.




Now he has three victories, the last two at the Tour Championship to end the 2017 season and now a World Golf Championship. "He's done everything else this year, so I wouldn't put it past him or hold it against him if he did get the win".

Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari and Queenslander Cameron Smith both struggled and finished on 76. He punched out the trees by inverting his wedge to play a left-handed shot, but then flubbed his flop shot into a bunker, blasted that over the green and made double bogey. I played really good golf.

"I knew I was still playing well and there was a lot of golf to be played", said Finau, who proved an inspired captain's pick for the U.S. in last month's crushing Ryder Cup loss to Europe. This is the position you want to be in and I'll be looking to close out my first tournament in this position, which is exciting for me.

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