Schauffele, who just celebrated his 25th birthday on Thursday, put together the best round of the day on Sunday at Sheshan International Golf Club. He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt from off the green to stay within two shots, hit a tee shot that rolled to within 18 inches of the cup for a short birdie on the par-3 17th, and then holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
In his first start since last month's heavy US defeat to Europe, the reigning Masters champ overcame gusting winds en route to an eight-birdie, bogey-free performance at the $10 million tournament in Shanghai.
The golf world expects Salt Lake City native Tony Finau to start winning a bunch of tournaments. "I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the playoff", Schauffele said after collecting a cheque for £1.1m.
The world number 17 took that setback in his stride, making three gains in the last five holes, and plans to maintain his positive approach over the weekend. He was only one shot out of the lead after his second consecutive birdie at No. 14, but then bogeyed two of his final four holes to drop out of contention. It took him 15 shots to play the two par 5s on the front nine, taking a triple bogey on No. 2 and a double bogey on the par-5 eighth hole.
He followed that with bogey on the par-5 18th with a second shot into water.
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.
Finau's only victory was in 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open, an event held opposite the Match Play in Texas.
Conners also shot 64 for a 203 total but the later-starting Champ, who shared the halfway lead Friday, was too dominant, delivering birdies on four of his first five holes and adding four more on the back nine.
"I hit a good iron shot into there and Xander made his putt - I missed my putt". "I was just in my own world out there". "I know he's going to win a lot soon, obviously, because he's playing so well".
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. At the Open Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, Schauffele and Finau played together for two rounds and both finished in the top 10, with Schauffele edging Finau by two shots, finishing in a tie for second while Finau tied for ninth.