McIl­roy’s march to No.1 goes on

Mercury (Hobart) - - AFL, BASKETBALL, LAWN BOWLS -

RORY McIl­roy de­feated de­fend­ing cham­pion Xan­der Schauf­fele yes­ter­day to win his first WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment and con­tinue his quest to re­take the world’s top golf rank­ing.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, 30, erased any doubt in the play­off re­play of the par-5 18th, boom­ing a drive to the mid­dle of the fair­way while Schauf­fele’s tee shot missed left.

McIl­roy won the hole, as well as the $2.5 mil­lion win­ner’s purse at She­shan In­ter­na­tional Golf Club.

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