McIlroy fades as Schauffele claims title in Hawaii

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Three straight birdies on the front.

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. Schauffele was glad that's all it was.

"This is the stuff you dream about", Schauffele said.

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.

Rookie Cameron Champ (68) and Xander Schauffele (67) are keeping Thomas company at seven under, five adrift of Woodland.

"I just still feel like an underdog", Schauffele said. "But I knew I wanted to be prepared coming in". "We kept our head down and tried to run for it". But Woodland made his second birdie of the day at the ninth to push the margin back to two, and gave himself more breathing room with a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-three 11th.

Woodland, seeking his fourth PGA Tour win, used a streak of five consecutive birdies, beginning at the No. 11, to reach 12-under 134.

PGA Tour announced that it has renewed its streaming deal with Twitter to air PGA TOUR LIVE on Twitter. He moved to No. 6 in the world.

Woodland, who has won three times in 231 starts on the PGA Tour, said he had learned how to turn promising positions into victories.

According to a post on the PGA website, the new agreement will allow Twitter to stream the first 60 to 90 minutes from the morning hours of all four rounds of PGA TOUR LIVE's Over-The-Top (OTT) subscription window, on a global basis. It was good enough to win all but three tournaments held at Kapalua.

Tied with Woodland over the closing holes, Schauffele finished birdie-birdie to match four players for the record.

The trailer was just behind the grandstands on the 18th hole. It was the first birdie on No. 17 in the final round.

Justin Thomas (65) finished third on 18-under, while McIlroy faded with a 72 to finish eight shots back tied for fourth. He rolled it in for his 62 to finish at 23-under 269, and then had to wait.

On the 532-yard par-5 fifth, McIlroy had a birdie after hitting the green in 2 and two putting.

"Anything that was right-to-left I missed on the high side and anything left-to-right I missed on the low side".

He found no consolation in losing to a guy who shot 62 in a Kona wind, the tougher of the two directions on the west end of Maui.

"You have an iron into the par-5 in the middle of the fairway on the last hole and you expect to make birdie".

Twitter has been reshaping and repositioning itself to be one of the best places when it comes to live sporting events. "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".

While it was an impressive finish in Hawaii, it was the 29-year-old's 19th tournament in a row that he has failed to win.

World No. 8 Rory McIlroy (68), Bryson DeChambeau (68) and first-round leader Kevin Tway (71) are tied for second at nine under.

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