By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 28/10/18 12:15pm
Rose finished third as Xander Schauffele claimed victory
Justin Rose has set his sights on returning to the winnerâ€™s circle in the coming weeks after failing to retain his WGC-HSBC Champions title.
The Englishman, who could have returned to world No 1 with victory in Shanghai, carded a final-round 72 to end the week in third spot and four strokes behind play-off winner Xander Schauffele.
Rose has never made a successful title defence during his career but is looking forward to further opportunities to achieve that landmark, starting with the Turkish Airlines Open.
Rose was chasing a second win of the year
“I have events I’ve got to defend, two left in Turkey and Indonesia,” he said. “I’ve never defended a tournament before so that’s the goal for this run, to defend one of them.”
He added: “Tough day for everybody. You just look at the scoreboard, seems like everyone fell apart. There was no chasing pack today, it was a three-horse race all day. It was hard to keep the mistakes off the card completely today.
Rose overturned a eight-shot deficit on the final day in 2017
“It was a fun battle. I was always just one or two shots behind, it felt on the back nine, but I birdied 13 and 14 to give myself a chance and still had a chance I felt when I hit my iron shot into 17.
“I hit a good iron shot into there and Xander made his putt – I missed my putt. I was two behind playing the last trying to force something there. I was in the hunt and a decent defence.”
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Schauffele birdied his final two holes to post a four-under 68 and join Tony Finau on 14 under, before defeating him with a birdie at the first extra play-off hole and claim a third PGA Tour title.
“It’s a lot to take in honestly,” Schauffele said. “I didn’t have an incredible Asian Swing up until this point, so I think that flight home will be a little bit more special.
Schauffele and Finau played alongside Rose on Sunday
“I felt really good about every part of my game mentally, physically. So with a 68, obviously, it was just enough. Tony (Finau) played well, as well, but it’s tricky to try and fend off when everyone is chasing you.”