Xander Schauffele of the United States tees off for round three of the HSBC Champions golf tournament held at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Schauffele wins HSBC for US sweep of World Championships

October 28, 2018 - 4:34 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — Xander Schauffele has made it a clean sweep of American winners in the World Golf Championships.

Schauffele birdied his last two holes Sunday for a 4-under 68 and then two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th in a playoff to beat Tony Finau and win the HSBC Champions.

Schauffele began the week in Shanghai by celebrating his 25th birthday. He ended it with a tight finish at Sheshan International for his first victory since the Tour Championship last year.

Finau, who closed with a 71, hit into a bunker in the playoff, had to lay up and narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie to extend the playoff.

Defending champion Justin Rose shot 72 and finished third, missing out on a chance to return to No. 1 in the world.

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