McIlroy fades as Schauffele claims title in Hawaii

Gary Woodland leads Bryson De Chambeau lurking at Tournament of Champions			Sam Greenwood  Getty Images

Gary Woodland leads Bryson De Chambeau lurking at Tournament of Champions Sam Greenwood Getty Images

The Plantation Course has some the widest fairways and largest greens on the PGA Tour primarily because of the winds that buffet the layout, like those that gusted to 35 miles per hour for the first three days at this year's Sentry Tournament of Champions.

While he cut Gary Woodland's three-shot overnight lead to two strokes after three holes, that was as close as he got after another lacklustre day with the blade.

Schauffele's final-round 62 was the low round of the tournament by three shots on The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. This moved Rory McIlroy to 1 under for the round.

"My attitude was much better today". "I didn't press at all, I was very patient. I gave myself plenty of chances, I hit most of the fairways, I hit most of the greens, I just couldn't get the ball to drop".

Failing to deliver in the final round after playing himself into contention is becoming a bit of a familiar refrain for McIlroy.

He played in the final group with Woodland, three shots behind, knowing he had played in the final group six times past year without winning.

But he added: "I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today".

Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie for a 61 that tied the course record at Kapalua held by four other players.

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"Just one of those days where it just didn't happen". The 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year opened with a bogey, but reeled off four birdies and an eagle to make the turn in 6-under 31.

Schauffele finished at 23-under 269, and then watched from the scoring trailer as Woodland missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th that would have forced a playoff.

Woodland drained a 63-foot eagle putt at the par-5 15th hole at Kapalua during a solid 68 that elevated him to 17 under at the winners-only event in Maui. He set tournament marks with the lowest closing round by a victor and the largest 18-hole comeback (five shots).

"I've just got to go about my business". My best round of the year [in 2018] was Bay Hill and I always go back to that and I should have learned from that.

"I probably pushed a little too hard, and it didn't really work out for me", McIlroy said.

Meanwhile, Leishman's fellow Australian Jason Day is having a shocker on moving day - three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par-4 sixth plummeting him down the leaderboard to one under.

Justin Thomas, who also bogeyed the first hole, ripped off nine birdies over his final 16 holes to post an 8-under 65. "Frustrated right now but Xander played great, hat's off to him".

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