Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, Nelly Korda win

Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, Nelly Korda win

Shanghai: Justin Rose will have one more day to try to catch leader Tony Finau after the American fought off a challenge from the defending champion in the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament.

He began the tournament by celebrating his 25th birthday.

Now he has three victories, the last two at the Tour Championship to end the 2017 season and now a World Golf Championship.

Finau, who carded a final-round 71, had to lay up after finding the bunker in the play-off and missed a 20-foot birdie putt to hand the title to Schauffele.

Rose surrendered a double-bogey on the 17th and then lost another shot on the last to drop to 10 under. Back-to-back birdies gave him a total of 14-under, and he was soon matched by Finau, who also birdied his 72nd hole. I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the playoff, ' " said Schauffele.

This was Finau's first tournament of the season and like a year ago, he went home with a second-place finish.

"Definitely feel like I let one get away", said Finau.

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Teeing it up for the first time since Ryder Cup, the reigning Masters champion showed no signs of rust as he made four birdies to make the turn in 32 before gains on the first three holes ensured he steered clear of the chasing pack. I knew I was playing well still and still at the top of the leaderboard.

The birdie was enough to see Finau regain the lead and his length off the tee allowed him to take advantage of the par five last. He hit into the water on the 18th and made bogey for a 70. "I was happy just to make a few birdies coming down the stretch".

It was a harsh disappointment for the long-hitting, 29-year-old Finau, who was impressive all week and lead after the second and third rounds.

TAOYUAN, Taiwan - Nelly Korda won the Taiwan Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory, closing with a 4-under 68 to beat Minjee Lee by two strokes.

In his first start since featuring in the US team's losing Ryder Cup cause, Reed tried to keep the focus on the future rather than open old wounds.

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