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Rory McIlroy Nails First Playoff Hole To Win WGC Tournament In China

Rory McIlroy Nails First Playoff Hole To Win WGC Tournament In China

Rory McIlroy won the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai on Sunday after a playoff against Xander Schauffele.

The American birdied the 18th hole of the final round to draw level with McIlroy on 19-under, sending it to sudden death decider.

As Schauffele faltered with his tee-shot on the first playoff hole, McIlroy made no mistake. While Schauffele ended up in the rough, the Northern Irishman nailed his drive.

McIlroy's approach shot landed 25 feet from the pin, leaving him with a putt for eagle.

The 30-year-old two-putted for a birdie and the win as Schauffele carded a par.

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The win is McIlroy's third WGC title, his 18th PGA Tour victory and his fourth win of 2019. Already this year, McIlroy won The Players Championship, the Canadian Open and the Tour Championship.

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