Golf weekend recap: Late eagle propels Dustin Johnson in Shanghai

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Dustin Johnson reacts to an eagle chip-in on the 16th hole at Sheshan International on Sunday in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Sunday, November 03, 2013 | 9:34 p.m.

In four holes over two days (the final two holes on Saturday and the first two on Sunday), a six-shot lead for Dustin Johnson was erased in the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Luckily for Johnson, that didn't matter. The 29-year-old played his final six holes in 5-under at Sheshan International in Shanghai on Sunday, to secure a brilliant 3-shot victory over runner-up Ian Poulter. Johnson shot 6-under 66 in the final round for a tournament-record, 24-under 264 total.

MORE: Final WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard | Final recap | Johnson's winning clubs

The shot that allowed Johnson to pull away came on the 276-yard, par-4 16th. Just short of the green with his tee shot, Johnson proceeded to chip in for eagle to take a two-shot lead over Poulter. With a birdie at the par-3 17th, Johnson had a three-shot advantage with one hole to play.

Watch video of the eagle at No. 16:

 

 

Johnson's victory -- which counts toward the 2014 season -- means he's notched a win in seven consecutive PGA Tour seasons, which is second only to Phil Mickelson (10). It was the eighth career win overall for Johnson, who along with Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson are the only players under the age of 30 with four wins or more on the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour is back in the U.S. this week for the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga.

And now, on to more golf...

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In the season finale on the 50-and-over circuit, Fred Couples captured the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara. Couples has nine victories in four seasons on the Champions Tour after winning 15 times on the PGA Tour.

Couples, a Hall of Famer, wasn't the only winner on Sunday, however. With his tie for fifth, Kenny Perry won the Schwab Cup yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.

EUROPEAN TOUR: The WGC-HSBC Champions was a co-sanctioned event with the PGA Tour. This week, the European Tour travels to Turkey for the Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, where world No. 1 Tiger Woods will be in the field.

LPGA TOUR: The LPGA was off last week and will resume this week with the Mizuno Classic in Japan.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.