Starting the day three shots behind Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele knew he had to play aggressively if he wanted a chance to win. “I was definitely in sort of an attack mode, and I was hitting good shots all day, making good putts. I was doing everything that I needed to do.”
That “everything” included sticking a tee shot on the par-3 17th to 10 feet and making the putt for birdie, followed by another birdie on the par-5 18th to match Finau’s and force extra holes. On the first hole of overtime, Schauffele reached the par-5 18th in two with his Callaway Forged proto 5-iron, two-putting from 30 feet for a third consecutive birdie, which proved to be enough when Finau could make no better than par after finding the fairway bunker off the tee on the 18th hole at Sheshan International in China.
Schauffele, who switched to Callaway from TaylorMade at the start of 2018, used the company’s Forged prototype irons as well an Odyssey’s O-Works #7 CH Red putter—a mallet head with wings and a crank-neck hosel—to earn his third PGA Tour title.
What Xander Schauffele had in the bag at WGC-HSBC Champions:
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, 15 degrees
5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, 18 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Callaway Forged proto
Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7 CH Red