Rory McIlroy in hot pursuit in Hawaii as Gary Woodland maintains lead

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Rory McIlroy had to settle for 4th place in the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii at the weekend.

After holing a wedge from 107 yards for another eagle at the 12th to close within one of Woodland, the Californian finished with four birdies in his last five holes to win by a shot on 23-under-par as Woodland failed to birdie the last.

The big-hitting American is seemingly on autopilot around the windswept, 7,500-yard Maui golf course and at 14 under he now leads by two over four-time major champion Rory McIlroy and Kevin Tway.

Woodland, who started the day with a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, shot 68 and had to settle for second on 22-under.

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"I was hitting different shots, left to right, right to left, high to low".

Xander Schauffele picked up his second title of the 2018-19 season with a brand new Callaway Epic Flash driver and Apex Pro 19 Irons, which were both only launched last week! "So I knew what (Schauffele) was doing and the competitor in me knew I needed to do one better and unfortunately I didn't get it done". He chipped in from the front of the green on the par-5 ninth for eagle.

But he added: "I don't think anyone could have lived with Xander today".

'For me I started a lot of these final rounds like two back, three back, ' McIlroy said. Schauffele, the 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, has won all four of his titles in come-from-behind fashion.

"I'll go out and play aggressive tomorrow and make a lot of birdies".

Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie for a 61 that tied the course record at Kapalua held by four other players.

On six occasions around the world a year ago McIlroy played in the final group in the final round and in all six he failed to win. Woodland had five birdies in his 68 for 270.

Schauffele hammered a 5-wood onto the par-5 18th green to 12 feet, narrowly missing his third eagle of the final round.

Given a chance to watch on TV, Schauffele figured there would be a camera on him. "So to get myself right back in contention and see if I've learned anything from a year ago and try to put that into practice is great".

"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".

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