Xander Schauffele smashes course record to win Tournament of Champions

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The Plantation Course has some the widest fairways and largest greens on the PGA Tour primarily because of the winds that buffet the layout, like those that gusted to 35 miles per hour for the first three days at this year's Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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Xander Schauffele, who flew under the radar until an eagle at the ninth, slipped through for victory and his course record-equalling 62 was 10 strokes better than McIlroy's round. He carded a one-under par 72 that left him tied for fourth, eight shots off the pace.

'Birdie-fest' "I knew it was going to be a birdie-fest coming in", he said. I was very patient, it's just something I'm going to have to persist with, just keep putting myself in these positions.

Failing to deliver in the final round after playing himself into contention is becoming a bit of a familiar refrain for McIlroy.

McIlroy spoke earlier in the week about playing in the last group six times a year ago. "Honestly I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today". The next day, all it took was one big putt. In the group behind him, Woodland reached the front of the 15th green and watched his putt up the slope and into the grain drop for eagle, with the pin still in the hole. He never shot worse than 68 all week and was the only player in the winners-only field to have all four rounds in the 60s. My best round of the year [in 2018] was Bay Hill and I always go back to that and I should have learned from that.

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Woodland chipped to just outside three metres at the last and had a putt to force a playoff, but it leaked away to the right and he gave up another 54-hole lead, the seventh time he has led into a final round on tour and lost.

'So that's the sort of mindset I need to try to get back into'. "My goal today was to birdie the par-fives and make a couple more and see if that was enough".

"I probably pushed a little too hard, and it didn't really work out for me", McIlroy said.

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Schauffele wasn't finished. He hammered a 5-wood onto the green at the 18th to about 12 feet, narrowly missing his third eagle of the final round.

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