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Dustin Johnson wins WGC-HSBC Champions in Shangahi

Nov. 3, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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SHANGHAI, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Dustin Johnson was 5-under-par over the last six holes Sunday in holding off Ian Poulter and taking the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai.

Johnson led by three strokes going into the final round only to have Poulter catch him early Sunday. But Johnson had three birdies and eagled the par-4 16th in finishing with a 6-under 66 and winning by three strokes with a tournament-record 24-under 264.

Sunday marked the eighth PGA Tour win for Johnson who collected more than $1.3 million along with the title.

Poulter also had a 66 Sunday and ended up 21 under while Graeme McDowell, also with a final-round 66, was third at 20-under. Poulter took home about $865,000 and McDowell nearly $500,000

Sergio Garcia had a bogey-free 63 Sunday in taking fourth at 18-under and Justin Rose, with a final-round 68, took fifth at 16-under 272.

Johnson started the day up by three over Poulter but three-putted the first hole for a bogey and then had six pars. Poulter caught Johnson with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 and led after a fifth-hole birdie. Johnson matched Poulter's birdie at 8 and pulled even with a birdie at the ninth hole.

Poulter was up one after a 12th-hole birdie only to have the tournament quickly turn. Johnson birdied Nos. 13 and 14 and Poulter had a bogey at the par-4 15th that returned the lead to Johnson. A chip-in eagle 2 at the 16th pushed the Johnson lead to two and as 17th-hole birdie sealed the win.

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