Xander Schauffele Wins HSBC World Golf Championship
The HSBC World Golf Championship is dubbed the “Championship of Champions”. The event, with a $10 million-dollar purse and points allocated towards the 2019 PGA Tour FedEx Cup, is also the final event on the European Tour’s regular schedule and last chance to secure a place in the Race for Dubai playoffs. With so much on the line, it is pretty easy to see why the tournament attracts top talent from around the world.
Previously a winner in the 2017 Greenbrier Classic and the 2017 Tour Championship, Xander Schauffele, winner of the HSBC World Golf Championship is starting off his third full season on the PGA Tour with a massive boost.
In a year where the rules of the FedEx Cup playoffs have been altered, points are even more of a premium. The 595 FedEx Cup points he earned playing in the three events across Asia equals as many points as he earned from the start of the 2018 season through the THE PLAYERS Championship.
Xander’s victory at the Sheshan International Golf Club was never a guarantee. It took a birdie-birdie finish on Sunday for Schauffele to force a playoff with the 54-hole leader Tony Finau. Once they reached the playoff it was all Xander.
In the playoff, Finau’s drive found the front lip of the fairway bunker left of the fairway and Schauffele’s drive bombed down center cut. Finau was forced to layup, while Schauffele’s 5-iron from 230 coolly found the front section of the green. After a great lag putt, Xander was left with a tap in for birdie. Finau, who hit his third just off the green had a decent look for birdie to extend the match. The putt was online, but Tony left it inches short.
Xander Schauffele had won his third event (sanctioned by the PGA). These are the clubs he used to win in China (as reported by Golfweek).
What’s in the Bag: Xander Schauffele at HSBC
TaylorMade M3 with Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X shaft, 10.5°
Callaway Rogue Sub Zero with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X shafts, 15° & 18°
Forged prototype with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts, 4-PW
Callaway Mack Daddy 4 with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts, 52°
Titleist Vokey Design SM6 with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts, 56° & 60°
Odyssey O-Works Red #7 CH
Callaway Chrome Soft X
Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord
Cameron Champ Wins Sanderson Farms Championship
Some may remember the (at the time) amateur, Cameron Champ’s performance in the 2017 U.S. Open. He ultimately tied for 32nd, but found himself amongst the leaders heading into the weekend. At 23 years of age, and in only his second start on the PGA Tour as a Tour member, Cameron Champ is a champ.
While many of the world’s top players were overseas playing in the HSBC WGC event, Cameron was Stateside in Jackson, Mississippi taking advantage of his opportunity at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Carding birdies on 5 of the final 6 holes, Cameron kept the competition at bay on the back nine and secured his PGA Tour future.
With a Tour exemption that spans through the 2020-21 season, Champ and his booming drives are set to make some waves in the years to come. Here are the clubs he used to win the Sanderson Farms Championship.
What’s in the Bag: Cameron Champ at Sanderson Farms
PING G400 Max (Fujikura Pro White TS 63X shaft), 9°
PING G400 (Project X HZRDUS Black 85 6.5 shaft), 14.5°
PING i500 (4-iron; KBS C-Taper 130 shaft), PING iBlade (4-PW; KBS C-Taper 130X shafts)
PING Glide Forged with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts, 50°, 54° and 60°
PING PLD Mid Tyne 4 Prototype (34.5 inches)
Srixon Z-Star XV
Nelly Korda Wins Swinging Skirts
Nelly Korda, second year LPGA Tour member, and sister of Jessica Korda, won her first LPGA event over the weekend at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan. Her win marks the third set of sisters to win on the LPGA, joining the Sorenstam’s and the Jutanugarn’s as the only siblings to accomplish this feat.
Korda shot a bogey-free 68 on Sunday to win the Swinging Skirts by 2 strokes over Minjee Lee, who’s 6-under 66 was the low round of the day.
Scott Parel Wins QQQ Championship
Scott Parel seems to have found his groove. Earlier this season he fired a 63 on the final day of the Boeing Classic to win his first career Champions Tour event, and now he’s won the second Charles Schwab Cup playoff event, the Invesco QQQ Championship.
A win and two top-ten finishes has made the month of October a fortunate one for Parel. Heading into the final event of the season, Parel now sits in fifth, only 359,000 points behind the Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer.
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