The WGC-HSBC Champions may be a tournament played in Asia for as part of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, but it was all about the US on Sunday.
2014 Masters champ Bubba Watson made a shocking eagle on No. 18 to fight his way into a playoff after blowing an earlier lead, then fired a 20-foot birdie putt to beat Tim Clark and win the title in the extra session.
Watson had been in the lead on the back nine until bogeying 16 and double bogeying 17, dropping from two shots ahead to a shot behind Clark, Rickie Fowler, Graham McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Hiroshi Iwata.
Watson was at even par through five holes, then rattled off three straight birdies to close the front nine. His last six holes were as erratic as could be: bogey, birdie, par, bogey, double bogey, eagle.
Clark could have run away with the tournament, but shot three straight bogeys between 4 and 6, and scrambled the rest of the way to make it up, five birdies on his last 10 holes. He finished with his third 69 in four rounds.
Fowler shot a 70 as well, but could not birdie 17 or 18 to get into the playoff. McDowell, who shot matching 67s to open the tournament, ended up even par over the last 36 holes with a 1-over 73 on Sunday.