Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

McIlroy reflects on disappointing final round in Hawaii

McIlroy reflects on disappointing final round in Hawaii

Woodland knows there wasn't much he could have done.

Xander Schauffele won the event after starting the final day five strokes off the lead with a almost historic performance.

Asked if he felt that the work he'd put in on his game over the winter could pay off for the rest of the year, the 29-year-old added: "I think so".

"This is the stuff you sort of dream about", Schauffele said after shooting a course record tying 62 to win. Woodland had five birdies in his 68 for 270.

"I've had that (relaxed) mindset a couple times that I've been here, not prepared, excited to be here", Woodland said. "We kept our head down and tried to run for it".

Schauffele took another step toward joining the young elite in golf with his second victory this season, and fourth in the last 18 months. He rallied from three shots behind to win that one, finishing birdie-birdie and then making one more birdie to win a playoff. The season will be brought to a close with the streaming of the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

According to a post on the PGA website, the new agreement will allow Twitter to stream the first 60 to 90 minutes from the morning hours of all four rounds of PGA TOUR LIVE's Over-The-Top (OTT) subscription window, on a global basis. That hopefully might be good enough.

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A second eagle of the day came just three holes later, holing out from 106yards on the 12th hole to move to 19-under par.

They were tied with three holes to play, with Schauffele in the group ahead of Woodland. A lot can happen in 18 holes. It was the first birdie on No. 17 in the final round. Justin Thomas carded a 65 to finish alone in third on 274.

On the 532-yard par-5 fifth, McIlroy had a birdie after hitting the green in 2 and two putting. I was hitting different shots, left to right, right to left, high to low - some things I wasn't maybe quite as comfortable doing previous year. But he found no consolation in losing to a guy who shot 62 in the tougher of the two wind directions on the west end of Maui.

"And, honestly, I don't think anyone could have beaten Xander today". I had killed the par-5s all week this week, which is what you got to do out here. This time, all he needed was one big putt. "So to get myself right back in contention and see if I've learned anything from past year and try to put that into practice is great".

His par left Woodland in solo second, and marked the seventh time he has failed to convert a 54-hole lead or share of the lead into a victory on the PGA Tour.

UPDATE No. 1 (6:45 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy is now tied for the lead! "I gave myself plenty of chances, I hit most of the fairways, I hit most of the greens, just couldn't get the ball to drop".

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