Tony Finau overcomes bad break to lead HSBC Champions

Tony Finau overcomes bad break to lead HSBC Champions

However, Rose then finished double-bogey, bogey and Finau took full advantage by following a birdie at 16 with further gains on 17 and 18.

First there was this lengthy birdie effort at the par-4 11th, his second hole of the day.

Finau had snatched the lead from overnight front-runner Reed and was pulling away after birdies on five of the first 10 holes despite swirling winds at Shanghai's Sheshan International Golf Club.

West Australian Brett Rumford finished on one-over-par 73 after a chequered run of birdies and bogeys, while Jason Norris carded a similarly frustrating 74.

"That's about as bad a break as I have ever had. I needed it", said Finau. Americans now have won 41 of the 69 events since the World Golf Championships series began in 1999.

"That was probably the most people I had around me, I felt a lot of support", Hsu said.




The Englishman appeared set to be in pole position heading into the final round when he moved to five under for the day and 13 under for the week - two clear of Finau - with a sixth birdie of the day at the 16th.

Reed, looking to make up ground on Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari, led by two strokes after the first round, but dropped back into a share of second place with Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose on eight under.

The American told said on www.europeantour.com: "It felt really good because if you can go out and shoot rounds like that in these kind of conditions, you know you're going to have confidence when the wind dies down and there are ideal conditions out there". Fitzpatrick recovered well to shoot 67 after two bogeys in his opening fur holes.

After slicing his drive into the water, Reed faced a hard third shot from a downhill lie and with about 220 yards to the green. 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.

The tournament, dubbed "Asia's major", annually gathers a premier crop of players and carries a winner's purse of $1.8 million. In his opening fourballs match with Brooks Koepka, the USA team looked to be in big trouble until Finau's tee shot on the 16th hole hit off the railroad ties framing the green and settled 3 feet away, crucial to winning the match.

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