Final Round — World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions — Sheshan International Golf Club — Shanghai, China —
Scotland’s Russell Knox made his maiden victory a big one — capturing the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions in China.
Knox broke free from a four-way tie mid-way through the final round at Sheshan International Golf Club. The 30-year-old posted 4-under-68 to finish 20-under and two clear of the pack.
An eight-year pro, Knox collected $1.4 million for the victory and moved to 3rd in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings for the 2015-2016 season. It was his first Top 10 since June at the St. Jude Classic. He finished last season 8th in Greens In Regulation percentage and 3rd Proximity to the Hole.
At 85th in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the week, Knox was listed as a 150-to-1 long shot to win the title at www.golfodds.com.
Overnight leader Kevin Kisner was runner-up at 18-under — his 4th runner-up finish in less than a year. Danny Willett carded the round of the day shooting 10-under-62 to finish T-3 at 17-under alongside Ross Fisher.
The finish moved Willett to just behind Rory McIlroy (T-11) in the Race to Dubai’s The Final Series with just two tournaments remaining.
One of the favorites heading into the final round just one shot out of the lead, Dustin Johnson – the 2013 winner at this event and 8th in the world rankings — was even through nine holes falling out of the mix. He settled for T-5 at 16-under with Branden Grace, who sits 5th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed logged Top 10s.
Other Golf News:
- Michael Allen (12-under) leads Bernhard Langer by a shot at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona with 18 holes to play. Allen is searching for his first win of 2015, while Langer appears to be a lock to win his record third season-long points race.
- Rain continues to hamper the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Roberto Castro leads at 15-under through 36 holes as the event appears destined for a Monday finish.
- Sun-Ju Ahn (16-under) won the LPGA Tour’s TOTO Japn Classic in a playoff outlasting Ji Hee Lee and Angela Stanford. Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson logged T-6 finishes.
- Tiger Woods, recovering from multiple back surgeries late in 2015, has slipped to 362nd in the Official World Golf Ranking.