Day Four: from the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC, Shanghai

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by Will Pearson and Dave Clark


So there we have it. Fantastic four day's golf ending with a deserved winner. Dustin Johnson held his nerve while the cream of The European Tour threw their best at him over the weekend, superb entertainment. Thanks for joining us on #ETLiveBlog this week and join us bright and early back on European shores next Thursday morning, for the third part of the inaugural Final Series. Ciao.


Let’s have one last leaderboard snapshot:

264 D Johnson (USA) 69 63 66 66,
267 I Poulter (Eng) 71 67 63 66,
268 G McDowell  (Nir) 69 69 64 66,
270 S Garcia  (Esp) 70 68 69 63,
272 J Rose (Eng) 68 71 65 68,
273 R McIlroy  (Nir) 65 72 67 69, G Delaet (Can) 71 68 65 69,
274 M Kaymer (Ger) 70 74 62 68, J Donaldson (Wal) 67 74 66 67, B Watson (USA) 68 69 69 68


WINNER'S INTERVIEW: Dustin Johnson (-24) WGC-HSBC Champions


Fitting that the final word goes to our glorious winner Dustin Johnson...


Best of the rest: WGC-HSBC Champions Day 4


What a valiant fight put up, though, by runner-up Ian Poulter and third-placed Graeme McDowell in particular. Let's hear their post-tournament thoughts along with Messrs Garcia, Rose and McIlroy...


For all you with eagle-eyes on the top 60 as we near the season’s denouement in Dubai, you will have been aware of Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy’s predicaments – namely that they weren’t in the top 60 before this week. I’m pleased to tell you that Donald’s tied 31st place moves him to 55, while McIlroy’s top ten efforts see him rise to 38th. Breathe easy, bubble boys.



24 – Dustin Johnson’s winning aggregate total under par – a record low in the WGC-HSBC Champions

1 – Shot outside the all-time WGC low winning total of 25 under set by Tiger Woods at the 2002 Cadillac Championship

7 – His score under par in the last 11 holes

4 – Rounds in the 60s for Graeme McDowell en route to finishing third (69-69-64-66)

63 – The low round of the day set by Sergio Garcia and Richard Sterne

60 – Players to finish the tournament under par

6 – Members of the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team in the top ten (Ian Poulter, McDowell, Garcia, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer)

4 – Where Poulter moves to in The Race to Dubai thanks to his second place finish

10 – Where Garcia moves to, on the bubble for a portion of the $3.75m bonus pool come the season-finale in Dubai

5,001 – Miles from Shanghai to Antalya, the host city for the third part of the inaugural Final Series to be held next week – the Turkish Airlines Open


As has become customary, let's take a statistical look at the key numbers from the final day's play at Sheshan International:


Final day highlights: WGC-HSBC Champions


Time for some final day highlights, now...


Words of praise for our winner DJ from the magnanimous man in third place, Graeme McDowell: "13 to me kind of personifies Dustin Johnson.  He trenches one 350 down the middle and has the hands to hit that 70‑yard shot to the front pin and make the putt.  He's just a quality, talented, very athletic classy player. Yeah, he makes mistakes, but when you've got a game as good as him, you can get away with a few mistakes, like the double on 18 last night.  And to be honest with you, he kept the ball in play today - he drove it phenomenal.  He's just got a great wedge game to go with just an outrageously good driving game. Personally, there's obviously a pang of disappointment, but generally I'm just very proud of myself the way I played this week tee to green, especially.  On the greens, room for improvement heading to Dubai."


As a complete aside, 49 year old Miguel Angel Jimenez might not have had one of his better weeks - he finished tied 72nd - but he still knows how to wind down after a tournament. Just see the next tweet...



• His first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 45th European Tour event.

• Will move into the top 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking from 23rd. 

• This victory beats his previous best European Tour performance of second in the 2011 WGC – Cadillac Championship and tied second in The Open Championship in 2011.

• This victory beats his previous best 2013 European Tour performance of tied eighth in the US PGA Championship.

• Becomes the 11th first-time winner of the 2013 season. They are: Scott Jamieson (Nelson Mandela Championship presented ISPS Handa), Chris Wood (Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Matt Kuchar (World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship), Dawie Van Der Walt (Tshwane Open), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Maybank Malaysian Open), Peter Uihlein (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI), Simon Thornton (Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open presented by Neuflize OBC), Jason Dufner (US PGA Championship), Tommy Fleetwood (Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles), Jin Jeong (ISPS HANDA Perth International) and Dustin Johnson (WGC – HSBC Champions).

• His first WGC victory in his 17th WGC appearance.

• This victory beats his previous best WGC performance of second in the 2011 WGC – Cadillac Championship.

• Victory comes in his second appearance in the WGC – HSBC Champions.

• Victory beats his previous best WGC – HSBC Champions performance of tied 39th in 2012.

• Becomes the second American, following Phil Mickelson in 2009 to win the WGC – HSBC Champions.

• This victory sees America claim all four 2013 WGC events. The winners were: Matt Kuchar (WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship), Tiger Woods (WGC – Cadillac Championship and WGC – Bridgestone Invitational) and Dustin Johnson (WGC – HSBC Champions).


Dustin Johnson on his win and the bulldogs Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell: "I knew they were going to come out swinging.  I held them off and fortunately I played really well coming down the stretch.  The last few holes here, if you play them well, you can make some birdies.  But they are tough holes.  You know, it was a lot of fun out there today.  It was a good match from both of them.  They put a lot of pressure on me, but I'm really proud of myself the way I handled it and the way I finished."


Shots of the day - WGC-HSBC Champions Day 4


Yes indeed, many thanks Dave and what a dramatic closing day it has been. Many congratulations to Dustin Johnson, a worthy win in surviving that last-day assault from some of our best Europeans. All the best reaction, highlights, interviews, pictures, statistics and more coming right up. Let's start with this little Shots of the Day montage...

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1JOHNSON, DustinUSA18-24
3MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-20
4GARCIA, SergioESP18-18
5ROSE, JustinENG18-16
T6DELAET, GrahamCAN18-15
T8WATSON, BubbaUSA18-14
T8KAYMER, MartinGER18-14


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