Schauffele's final round of 62 on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua goes down in PGA Tour history as the equal-second best winning round in relation to par behind only David Duval's 13 under par 59 to win in Palm Springs in 1999 and matches Stuart Appleby's 11 under 59 to win the 2010 Greenbrier event. He missed his putt from four metres to eagle the 72 hole, but tapped in for birdie and waited for Woodland to finish. "I saw him chip in for eagle at 9 and hole that shot on 12 for eagle". Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to tie the course record last set four years ago.
He was still somewhat dazed when he stepped outside the scoring trailer as Woodland was walking off the 18th green, having missed a 10-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff at Kapalua. He started the final round with a three-shot lead and closed with a bogey-free 68. "I didn't make a bogey today, so I'll make that a goal tomorrow".
"Try not to make any mistakes and pick off my birdies when I can".
McIlroy said the low fade off the tee still travels more than 300 yards, and he's put on an impressive show this week in Maui where he's No. 1 in the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee and fifth in driving distance.
Woodland couldn't think of much he did wrong except fail to take advantage of a few pins he could have played to more aggressively.
His other two victories in his rookie season of 2017 all featured comebacks, including two shots at the Tour Championship.
Schauffele wasn't finished. He hammered a 5-wood onto the green at the 18th to about 12 feet, narrowly missing his third eagle of the final round. But it wasn't until he reached his second shot at the par-5 ninth hole that he started to consider his title chances. "It hasn't been there in a couple years", said McIlroy, who has hit 30 of 45 fairways this week. I had killed the par 5s all week this week, which is what you've got to do out here.
He shot 68 and starts the new year playing in the final group. "And unfortunately, I didn't get it done".
The Northern Irishman hit two birdies and a bogey, ending on 15-under overall alongside Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman.
"I obviously could have shot a better score, but I did what I wanted to do, gave myself plenty of chances, just couldn't get the ball to drop", McIlroy said.
Woodland, 34 qualified for the event in capturing the Phoenix Open and his third PGA Tour success while the scholars of the pro game will recall the Kansas-born Woodland led the opening two rounds of last year's PGA Championship before eventually securing a share of 6th place.