Holywood's Rory McIlroy claimed a fourth title in his last 15 starts with victory in Sunday's WGC - HSBC Championship in Shanghai.
The Northern Irish golfer saw off the challenge of Xander Schauffelle in the first playoff hole, after carding a final round 68 at the Sheshan International course.
30-year-old McIlroy sank a two-foot birdie putt n the first extra playoff hole to take his third World Golf Championship career title.
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Schauffele forced the playoff with a birdie on the final hole in regulation play after carding a final round of - 6-under-par but failed to oust the Co. Down man in the sudden-death playoff.
McIlroy told PGATour.com that simplicity has been the key for him taking advantage on the course, and says it has been the key ingredient that has lead to the four victories in his last fifteen starts.
“Right now, the game feels pretty simple,” he said Saturday evening in Shanghai. “I know that it's not going to feel like that all the time, but when it does, you have to take advantage of that feeling.”
The victory takes McIlroy to the top of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup rankings and fifth in the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
Today's victory will not be enough to take the four-time major winner to the top of the World Golf Rankings.
He will remain on Brooks Koepka's tail in second-place, the American missed the event due to a knee injury.