Justin Rose was playing his third-shot approach into the par-5 18th during Sunday's final round at the WGC-HSBC Champions likely hoping to hole it for eagle to give himself a slim chance at a playoff.
He ended it with a tight finish at Sheshan International for his first victory since the Tour Championship previous year. He ended up missing a 20-foot birdie putt; Schauffele hit the green in two shots and made a two-putt birdie.
World number one Brooks Koepka shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at two under, second-ranked Dustin Johnson finished at three over, and four-time Major victor Rory McIlroy managed even par only once in Shanghai to finish at 10 over par.
"Even when I was signing my card I was like, "Oh, wow, I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the play-off". Both Fleetwood and Finau were performing at a level similar to an average PGA TOUR professional (i.e. Strokes Gained of 0) near the end of the 2016 season.
"Last season, I really wanted to win to justify my rookie year and wasn't able to do that", he 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.
"I definitely feel like I let one get away", Finau admitted.
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.
"I'm playing well, feeling good".
The HSBC Champions was the fourth and final WGC event of the calendar year, but it's part of the PGA Tour's 2018-19 schedule. Molinari, the British Open champion and Ryder Cup star as the first European to go 5-0 for the week, made three straight bogeys around the turn and had no birdies on his back nine. "So I knew that I still needed to pull off a shot and hit the green".
Brooks Koepka (T16): Only Schauffele fired a better round than Koepka on Sunday as the new world No. 1 shot a 3-under 69 to close out his first event as the top-ranked player in the world.
Local favourite Ajeetesh Sandhu (70) held on to third spot while Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai (72) slipped from his overnight joint lead to fourth positio.
TAOYUAN, Taiwan - Nelly Korda won the Taiwan Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory, closing with a 4-under 68 to beat Minjee Lee by two strokes.
Patrick Reed had a Ryder Cup he'd like to forget and spent three weeks at home in Texas preparing to finish the year strong.