Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Bubba Watson made a long birdie putt
on the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Tim Clark and win an exciting
WGC – HSBC Champions.
Watson finished regulation with an incredible flourish as he holed out from a
greenside bunker at the par-5 last for eagle to end regulation at 11-under-par
277. Playing in the penultimate group with Watson, Clark drained a birdie putt
to join Watson at minus-11. Watson fired a final-round, 2-under 70, while
Clark shot a 3-under 69.
The win is the seventh of Watson’s career on the PGA Tour and his third on the
European Tour. Watson is also a two-time Masters champion and this victory is
the third for him in this calendar year.
Graeme McDowell, who was the leader following each of the first three rounds,
carded a 1-over 73 on Sunday and he finished a shot back at 10-under 278. He
was joined there by Rickie Fowler (70) and Hiroshi Iwata (72) and all three
had a chance to tie Watson and Clark on the final hole at Sheshan
International Golf Club.
Thorbjorn Olesen (71), 2012 champion Ian Poulter (71) and 2011 winner Martin
Kaymer (73) finished tied for sixth at 8-under 280.
MORE TO FOLLOW.