HSBC Champions: Fabulous finish gives Finau lead

HSBC Champions: Fabulous finish gives Finau lead

Finau, who teed off with a three-stroke lead, is known on the tour for his upbeat approach to the game, and it came in handy after he surrendered the leaderboard to the English world number three Rose with two bogeys on a shaky front nine at Shanghai's Sheshan International Golf Club.

Bhullar, who was T-27 slipped to T-31, as Tony Finau (66-67) took a three-shot lead over first leader, Patrick Reed (64-72).

But the tables were turned on Saturday as the Englishman surrendered the crucial 54-hole advantage with a costly double-bogey on the par-3 17th after his tee shot leaked into a hazard.

"Definitely feel like I let one get away", said Finau.

He is joined on the score by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. "I think I'll stay in attack mode", he said.

He twice had more than 150 yards for his third shot into par 4s, and made double bogey on the 15th hole.

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Defending champion Justin Rose shot a 72 to finish four shots behind the leading pair in third place, which was only just insufficient for the Briton to replace Brooks Koepka as world number one.

The American told www.europeantour.com: "It felt really good because if you can go out and shoot rounds like that in these kind of conditions, you know you're going to have confidence when the wind dies down and there are flawless conditions out there". 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. Then at the par-5 18th, both players birdied, sending them back to 18 for the playoff. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

"Three back going into tomorrow, which is not exactly how it looked like it was going to be with a couple holes to play", Rose said.

Schauffele won twice in his first year on the PGA Tour to win rookie of the year. "I was happy just to make a few birdies coming down the stretch".

Rose, who came from eight shots back in the final round a year ago to lift the trophy, was feeling good after not dropping a shot all day on the way to a five-under 67.

Rose benefitted from a final-round collapse in Shanghai previous year by Dustin Johnson to come from eight strokes back for the win.

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