England’s Justin Rose equalled the third-best comeback victory in PGA Tour history by winning the WGC-HSBC Champions after starting the fourth round eight strokes off Dustin Johnson’s 54-hole lead.
Rose matched Phil Mickelson for the low round of the day at Sheshan International Golf Club, shooting a five-under-par 67 to triumph on 14-under-par after Johnson shot a 77.
Rose, the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist, went out in 36 with three bogeys to match his three birdies on the front nine. He shot 31 on the back nine for the two-stroke victory over Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson. At one point in the round, Rose trailed Johnson by six shots with nine holes remaining.
The eight-stroke come-from-behind victory sets a personal best for Rose, a tournament best and a World Golf Championships record.
Malaysia’s Gavin Green finished joint 38th after a closing 77.
“I had three really good learning weeks. You know, I’m still learning obviously. I played well a couple of days, and then two days struggled,” said Green, referring to his last three outings in the CIMB Classic, CJ Cup@Nine Bridges and WGC-HSBC Champions.
“I think I’ve got to learn to get four good rounds, get at least three good rounds. The rounds that I struggle in cannot be 4, 5, 6 over … it’s got to be around 1-, 2-over, even. It’s just a learning experience for me and I’m glad I got the opportunity to play in such high profile events these past three weeks,” he added.