Johnson wins WGC by 3

Shanghai, China ( - Dustin Johnson used a stellar back nine on Sunday to win the WGC - HSBC Champions by three strokes.

Johnson closed with his second straight 6-under 66 to pick up his eighth PGA Tour title. Johnson, who won his first World Golf Championship event, ended the tournament at 24-under-par 264.

His total of 264 shattered the previous scoring record. Last year's winner Ian Poulter set the old mark of 267.

Poulter birdied three of the first five holes on Sunday to grab the early lead, but a bogey at the 15th opened the door for Johnson. Poulter matched Johnson's 66 to take second at minus-21.

Graeme McDowell ran off three straight birdies to begin his round and that helped him grab a piece of the lead. He collected just three more birdies the rest of the way for a bogey-free 66. McDowell took third at 20-under-par 268.

Sergio Garcia fired a 9-under 63 in the final round at Sheshan International Golf Club. He ended alone on fourth at minus-18, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (68) was two strokes back at 16-under-par 272.

Graham DeLaet (69) and Rory McIlroy (69) shared sixth at minus-15, while Jamie Donaldson (67), Bubba Watson (68) and Martin Kaymer (68) finished one stroke back at 14-under-par 274.


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