Overcoming Xander Schauffele in the pit, golfer Rory McIlroy won the World Golf Championship for the third time, on the afternoon of November 3.
The fragile advantage from McIlroy’s top table was soon shortened by Schauffele to only one stroke after half a round of golf. In the first nine holes, the American golfer has five birdies and only bogeys in the sixth hole. McIlroy also plays not bad with three birdies and six holes reach par.
The drama comes in the last nine holes, where Schauffele becomes McIlroy’s heaviest opponent, in the context of another potential candidate, Louis Oosthuizen bogey in hole 11 and narrowing his own opportunities. The competitive pressure caused both McIlroy and Schauffele to play safely afterwards. In four consecutive holes from hole 10 to hole 13, no one earned a birdie.
McIlroy makes a difference at hole 14 with the fourth birdie of the day. But Schauffele immediately got the answer with the same score in the next hole. The last four holes saw McIlroy miss the birdie twice to widen the gap. This makes the 30-year-old star pay the price when Schauffele birdie succeeds in the last hole to level the total score of -19
The first two golfer match the first pit on 18 holes par5. This time, Schauffele only par par because the ball to the edge of the green grass. While McIlroy got a chance to get rid of the eagle right in the third stick, then easily birdie to end the match.
This is McIlroy’s fourth title in the last 15 events. FedEx Cup 2019 owners reach the top 10 rate in this year’s tournaments up to 74%. Last week, he ranked T3 at the ZOZO Championship event. “Winning four trophies a year is great,” McIlroy said. “More than that, I have proven my consistency. Even when I am not at my best, I still find opportunities.”
Victory in Shanghai helped McIlroy get closer to Brooks Koepka’s world number one. In front of the Northern Ireland star, another big goal is the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, for the 60 best people in this year’s European Tour.