Molinari holds steady to win HSBC Champions

SHANGHAI : Francesco Molinari outlasted Lee Westwood in a spirited duel Sunday in the HSBC Champions for a one-shot victory to capture his first World Golf Championship. Molinari closed with a 5-under 67 at Sheshan International for his first win this season.

He spoiled the debut of Westwood as the world`s No. 1 player, although the Englishman put up a fight worthy of his ranking.

Two shots behind on the par-5 18th, Westwood had a 25-foot eagle putt to force a playoff, but it stayed left of the hole the entire way. He wound up with a 68.

Tiger Woods closed with a 68 and tied for sixth, 13 shots behind.

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